Engineering student's conceptions of model uses in design

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Abstract

The engineering curriculum is steeped with instances of modelling use, especially in design applications. The implicit inclusion of modelling in the typical engineering curriculum often results in conceptions of models as being primarily used for visualization and testing, originating from the descriptive nature of everyday use. A broader understanding of how models are used can be achieved when students are given opportunities to learn and experiment with the predictive nature of some modelling applications. A significant shift in conceptions was observed between pre and postsurveys of senior engineering students taught an explicit modelling intervention. Visualization and testing remained prevalent with an additional focus on predictive mathematical models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch in Engineering Education Symposium 2011, REES 2011
Pages87-94
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Event2011 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2011 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: Oct 4 2011Oct 7 2011

Publication series

NameResearch in Engineering Education Symposium 2011, REES 2011

Other

Other2011 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2011
CountrySpain
CityMadrid
Period10/4/1110/7/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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