Developing knowledge in engineering science courses: Sense-making and epistemologies in undergraduate mechanical engineering homework sessions

Swenson, Jessica.


  • Abstract: Constructing and applying conceptual knowledge about physical systems is a core activity of practicing mechanical engineers. Yet, studies have shown a surprising proportion of graduating engineering students respond to conceptual questions by recalling fragmented facts and equations; they struggle to reason systematically about the causal mechanisms that drive a phenomenon. One activity ... read more
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