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Work in Progress: Got Intuition? Exploring Student Intuition in Response to Technology-aided Problem Solving

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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System 1 in Engineering Education and Research

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Educational Research and Methods

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Elif Miskioglu Bucknell University

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Elif Miskioglu is currently an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University. She graduated from Ohio State University in 2015 with a PhD in Chemical Engineering, and is interested in how undergraduate students develop from novice to expert during the course of their education.

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Kaela M Martin Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott

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Kaela Martin is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Campus. She graduated from Purdue University with a PhD in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and is interested in increasing classroom engagement and student learning.

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Technology is an essential tool in modern engineering problem-solving. Complex calculations are easily computed, but failure to recognize if the solution is “reasonable or ridiculous” can have serious repercussions. As part of “engineering intuition,” getting students to assess the appropriateness of a solution is a somewhat vague, but critical, teaching goal. Intuition is commonly thought to be developed through experience; thus, we are interested in identifying the experiences that have strong correlations with high engineering intuition in students. Ultimately, we seek to use this knowledge to develop course interventions that promote the development of engineering intuition in all students, regardless of access to outside-the-classroom opportunities.

Our previous work has suggested that students’ cumulative GPA and internship experience can be a predictor of both whether a student will attempt a problem that tests engineering intuition and their subsequent success on that problem. In this work, we report on updated results from Fall 2017, as well as describe our future study design. The next phase of this work will be a larger-scale study of engineering intuition across multiple disciplines and institutions that will propel us towards developing classroom interventions for “teaching” intuition.

Miskioglu, E., & Martin, K. M. (2018, June), Work in Progress: Got Intuition? Exploring Student Intuition in Response to Technology-aided Problem Solving Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31288

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