Work in progress - Retention and application of writing skills learned in Sophomore clinic I

Roberta Harvey, Jennifer Kadlowec

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    4 Scopus citations

    Abstract

    Assessment of writing and design are active areas of research in engineering education, as are issues of retention and transfer of learning. A variety of methodologies have been applied to these questions, including surveys directed to measuring design skills and rubrics describing desired textual features. Retention and transfer of learning research generally focuses on evaluating strategies for reinforcing or augmenting writing instruction in advanced engineering courses, which usually involve explicit emphasis on organization, grammar, style, and clarity. More progressive approaches recognize the rhetorical complexity of engineering writing and encompass matters of content as well. Writing in design courses has been of particular interest in this regard. The present study focuses on a junior/senior level design course. Rubrics to evaluate experimental research reports and final design reports from this course were developed. The rubrics are based on assignments and rubrics from earlier courses where students initially receive instruction and practice in experimental and design projects and the associated reports. The rubric indicators address typical elements of reports, such as adherence to format and style conventions, but also capture rhetorical strategies associated with design thinking. The presentation of this work will describe the writing assessment methodology and preliminary results.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publication40th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference
    Subtitle of host publicationCelebrating Forty Years of Innovation, FIE 2010 - Conference Program
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
    Event40th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Celebrating Forty Years of Innovation, FIE 2010 - Arlington, VA, United States
    Duration: Oct 27 2010Oct 30 2010

    Publication series

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

    Other

    Other40th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Celebrating Forty Years of Innovation, FIE 2010
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityArlington, VA
    Period10/27/1010/30/10

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Software
    • Education
    • Computer Science Applications

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