Work in progress - A case study of perception and learning barriers of students in non-major engineering courses

Qaiser Malik, Punya Mishra, Michael Shanblatt

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Abstract

This paper presents the preliminary outcome of an ongoing study conducted on engineering students in a non-major course in electrical engineering. The goal of this study is to better understand the reasons for lower levels of performance in non-major engineering courses. We accomplish this by assessing student perceptions and attitudes towards learning, and measuring their understanding of core concepts related to a specific topic. Analyses of data collected to-date points towards some inherent flaws in common teaching methodology. We anticipate that this study will lead to a restructuring of these service courses to make them more relevant and conceptually grounded. Additionally, the development of reliable subject specific instruments as used in this study could be the basis for a broader framework which could be used for other engineering courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4720631
Pages (from-to)S4B12-S4B13
JournalProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event38th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2008 - Saratoga Springs, NY, United States
Duration: Oct 22 2008Oct 25 2008

Keywords

  • Service courses
  • Student perceptions and attitudes
  • Teaching methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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