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written by Dr. Tatiana V. Goris and Dr. Michael J. Dyrenfurth
Effective instruction in Engineering and Technology requires knowledge of how students understand or lack understanding of key concepts in these disciplines. Incorrect mental models, deeply rooted in everyday experience, can significantly affect student learning. Evidence suggests that students who learn new material may already have some understanding and preconceptions about the new concepts. Misconceptions about electricity of novice students (college freshmen and first-semester sophomores) were analyzed and compared to the misconceptions of senior students. The study targeted: (1) correlation between student academic success (grades) and student misconceptions, and (2) understanding how student mental models and misconceptions change with increasing levels of competency and expertise during students' progression from the freshman to senior level. Non-equivalent groups of 20 novices and 22 seniors participated in this study. The mixed-methods research methodology included two phases. In the quantitative phase all students responded to the Concept Inventory [1] questions. During the qualitative phase 8 novices and 8 seniors were interviewed and responded to open-ended questions about their understanding of electricity.
Engineering Education: Frankly, We Do Give a D*mn
Atlanta, Georgia: June 23-26, 2013
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T. Goris and M. Dyrenfurth, presented at the Engineering Education: Frankly, We Do Give a D*mn, Atlanta, Georgia, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.asee.org/public/conferences/20/papers/5849/view).
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T. Goris and M. Dyrenfurth, How Electrical Engineering Technology Students Understand Concepts of Electricity, presented at the Engineering Education: Frankly, We Do Give a D*mn, Atlanta, Georgia, 2013, <http://www.asee.org/public/conferences/20/papers/5849/view>.
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Goris, T., & Dyrenfurth, M. (2013, June 23-26). How Electrical Engineering Technology Students Understand Concepts of Electricity. Paper presented at Engineering Education: Frankly, We Do Give a D*mn, Atlanta, Georgia. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from http://www.asee.org/public/conferences/20/papers/5849/view
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Goris, Tatiana, and Michael Dyrenfurth. "How Electrical Engineering Technology Students Understand Concepts of Electricity." Paper presented at the Engineering Education: Frankly, We Do Give a D*mn, Atlanta, Georgia, June 23-26, 2013. http://www.asee.org/public/conferences/20/papers/5849/view (accessed 26 October 2020).
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Goris, Tatiana, and Michael Dyrenfurth. "How Electrical Engineering Technology Students Understand Concepts of Electricity." Engineering Education: Frankly, We Do Give a D*mn. Atlanta, Georgia: 2013. 26 Oct. 2020 <http://www.asee.org/public/conferences/20/papers/5849/view>.
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