Work in progress - Analyzing engineering student conceptions of modeling in design

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Abstract

Modeling is a pervasive feature in any engineering curriculum that is rarely taught as an explicit topic to engineering learners. The implicit inclusion of modeling often results in conceptions of models being primarily descriptive - visual and physical representations - that originate from everyday and coursework use. A broader understanding of modeling is achieved when students are given opportunities to learn about the predictive nature of some modeling applications. Exploratory studies have shown that significant shifts occur in the modeling conceptions of senior engineering students when taught an explicit modeling intervention. Descriptive-centric conceptions remained prevalent with an additional focus on predictive mathematical models. The following work in progress describes the next steps of our study focused on expanding earlier findings. Student, and additionally faculty conceptions, will be observed to gain a greater understanding of modeling conceptions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationCelebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World, FIE 2011
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Event41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Celebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World, FIE 2011 - Rapid City, SD, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2011Nov 15 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Other

Other41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Celebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World, FIE 2011
CountryUnited States
CityRapid City, SD
Period10/12/1111/15/11

Keywords

  • Adaptive Expertise
  • Engineering Design
  • Modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Carberry, A. R., & McKenna, A. F. (2011). Work in progress - Analyzing engineering student conceptions of modeling in design. In 41st Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Celebrating 41 Years of Monumental Innovations from Around the World, FIE 2011 [6142760] (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE). https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2011.6142760