Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Modeling, Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving in First Year Engineering

Brian Frank
Queen's University

Friday, February 8, 2013
1:30 PM @ Stirling A

Abstract:

This talk will describe curricular development and ongoing research in complex problem solving and critical thinking in the first year of the engineering program at Queen's University. It will include a description of model eliciting activities - complex, open-ended problems requiring students to develop a generalizable model of a physical system. It will also discuss a research study underway on how they impact critical thinking development. We will discuss an initiative to assess the extent to which the curriculum is meeting course learning outcomes in problem solving, lifelong learning, and communications. This will include the impact of the community service learning program in first year engineering, which partners first year students with local community groups. It will describe an initiative to evaluate web-based in-class response system as an upgrade to clickers. Finally it will discuss ideas for future research and development on improving the quality of feedback between instructor and students, and transferability of knowledge and skills.