The scholarship of teaching: Building a foundation before reaching the pinnacle

Sudhir Mehta, Scott Danielson

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Abstract

Teaching and learning have received significant attention and have been the focus of voluminous research in the last few decades. In spite of this research, engineering educators, especially new ones, often wonder what they can do to improve student learning. To help answer this question, over eight hundred people - engineering students, alumni, and engineering faculty - were surveyed and asked to select the three instructor characteristics or pedagogical techniques they viewed as most effective in improving student learning. The results lead to the conclusion that engineering educators should initially focus on basic principles (the "foundation") before attempting to incorporate more advanced pedagogical techniques (the "pinnacle"). This paper describes the current educational climate regarding teaching, the survey and results, important pedagogical methods, and their significance for the scholarship of teaching.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
Pages6189-6196
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2000
Event2000 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Engineering Education Beyond the Millenium - St. Louis, MO, United States
Duration: Jun 18 2000Jun 21 2000

Other

Other2000 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Engineering Education Beyond the Millenium
CountryUnited States
CitySt. Louis, MO
Period6/18/006/21/00

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Mehta, S., & Danielson, S. (2000). The scholarship of teaching: Building a foundation before reaching the pinnacle. In ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings (pp. 6189-6196)