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Title: A Case-Study of Assessment in Materials Laboratory PDF
Url: http://search.asee.org/search/fetch?url=file%3A%2F%2Flocalhost%2FE%3A...
Creator: Carter, Rufus L.
Milz, Claudia
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education
Description: Materials engineering students are often ill prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation. While students master the content knowledge they often lack critical skills for success. Our industry feedback of internship students indicates weakness in the areas of: technical writing, critical thinking, professional attitude & teamwork, analysis, reasoning and decision making. We have examined the effectiveness of new teaching and assessment methods in the Materials Laboratory classes. Through our use of new materials and assessment instruments support our thesis that will lead to student improvement in the defined areas of weakness. The integration of peer review strengthens teamwork and professional attitude both in the classroom and later in the students' professional lives. We have used interdisciplinary collaboration as another component to help develop analysis and reasoning skills by utilizing field trips to manufacturers who have quality control and project management programs. Our feedback system in scoring student reports will likely strengthen their technical writing skills. This works as follows: The group consists of one author and two to three reviewers every week. The roles alternate. The author sends a draft to the reviewers, who in turn review electronically and send the response to both the author and the instructor. This is to make sure the review process can also be graded and the author receives the material in time. The author now makes changes to the report and also responds to the reviewers suggestions in writing. The entire report is submitted to the instructor for assessment. The grades for the reviewers and the author alike, including the comments on the documents teach the students where strengths and weaknesses lie. We have exposed the students to professional engineering centers such as MAIC (Major Analytical Instrumentation Center) and PERC (Particle Engineering Research Center) where they develop better insight and can mirror an appropriate attitude in a professional environment.
LC Classification: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Education -- Special topics, A-Z -- Engineering education
Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Education -- Special topics, A-Z -- Group work. Team learning
Technology -- Engineering (General). Civil engineering -- Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) -- Materials of engineering and construction
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Science -- Instructional issues
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Teaching Guides
Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Secondary Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
University Second Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: American Society for Engineering Education
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2009-08-28 03:00:02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-11 16:15:58 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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