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Work in Progress: Methods Implemented by a Non-Traditional Textbook to Enable Student Success in Engineering

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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The Use of Games and Unique Textbooks in Mathematics Education

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24.1391.1 - 24.1391.12



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David Reeping Ohio Northern University Orcid 16x16

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David Reeping is a sophomore majoring in Engineering Education with a minor in Mathematics and an undergraduate research assistant. He is a Choose Ohio First scholar inducted during the 2012-2013 school year and the recipient of the Remsberg Creativity Award for 2013. Also, he is a member of the freshman honorary society (Alpha Lambda Delta / Phi Eta Sigma) and the mathematics honorary society (Kappa Mu Epsilon). His research interests involve improving mathematical perseverance and literacy in students and exploring general topics in K-12 engineering (student perceptions of engineering).

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Kenneth J. Reid Ohio Northern University

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Ken Reid is the Director of Engineering Education, Director of First-Year Engineering and Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ohio Northern University. He was the seventh person in the U.S. to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University. He is active in engineering within K-12, serving on the TSA Boards of Directors and over 10 years on the IEEE-USA Precollege Education Committee. He was awarded with an IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award in 2013 and named the Herbert F. Alter Chair of Engineering in 2010. His research interests include success in first-year engineering, introducing entrepreneurship into engineering, international service and engineering in K-12.

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Methods Implemented by a Non-Traditional Textbook to Enable Student Success in EngineeringMath pedagogy has been discussed and debated in the K-12 environment amidst chatter of theNext Generation Science Standards. Instructors are now caught in an awkward position tointegrate the foreign subject of engineering, the “e” in STEM education, with little to no context.While teachers can enhance their knowledge of new teaching strategies through attendingworkshops and having university students conduct STEM academies at their school, currenttextbooks fail to include authentic engineering examples and thus offer little to no support toteachers. Also, few textbooks offer content that foster mathematical perseverance and literacy.Instead, these texts prefer to stampede on without clarification on algebraic or conceptual stepsthat may be ambiguous to students. With these points in mind, a math textbook which integratesengineering at a practical and understandable level would be imperative to satisfy the newstandards and prepare students to pursue engineering degree programs.In addition, to effectively communicate engineering and mathematics to students, the author ofthe text would be an undergraduate student majoring in Engineering Education, mentored by aprofessor with the terminal degree in the field. The student formed a board of teachers willing toparticipate in the development of this text through a Delphi study and reviewing sample chapters.By following educator input and seeking consultation from the student’s mentor and universitymathematics department, a textbook or supplement founded in Engineering Education pedagogywould be a welcomed boost in the K-12 movement of integrating engineering, targeting studentdifficulties in mathematics, and promoting student success in STEM degree programs.Methods utilized in the development of this textbook will be discussed such as the Delphi study(concept and results), use of language, and pedagogical foundation (teaching philosophy).

Reeping, D., & Reid, K. J. (2014, June), Work in Progress: Methods Implemented by a Non-Traditional Textbook to Enable Student Success in Engineering Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23324

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