The effects of a first-year engineering design course on student intellectual development as measured by the perry scheme

Rose M. Marra, Betsy Palmer, Thomas A. Litzinger

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Abstract

In response to the demand for enhanced design, problem-solving, and team skills in engineering graduates, Penn State has instituted a number of team-based, project-learning courses, including one taken by nearly everyfirst-year engineering student. To determine the impact of these experiences on our students we have begun a cross-sectional and longitudinal study of their intellectual development based upon the Perry model. In this paper, we describe the research methodology and results for the initial group of first-year students interviewed. The results of the study include the effects on intellectual development of the first-year design course, gender, honors status, and the students' academic ability as indicated by SAT scores and grade point average. Design experience was positively related to enhanced intellectual development. Honors status, gender, and academic ability were not significantly related to Perry rating. We discuss the implications of these findings for instruction and curricular reform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-45
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Volume89
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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