Ruth A. Streveler

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 The Foundation Coalition and others have been working on the development of Concept Inventory (CI) assessment instruments patterned after the well-known Force Concept Inventory (FCI) instrument of Halloun and Hestenes. Such assessment inventories can play an important part in relating teaching techniques to student learning. Work first got started two(More)
The emphasis on Outcome-Based Education (OBE) and student-centered learning is an enormous advance in engineering education. We argue in this chapter that an essential element of OBE is aligning content, assessment, and delivery. The objective of this chapter is to provide a model for aligning course content with assessment and delivery that practitioners(More)
Faculty at the Colorado School of Mines have become increasing interested in engineering education research. In response to this interest, the Center for Engineering Education (CEE) was created in January 2000. CEE's activities are organized around Ernest Boyer's model of four types of scholarship: the scholarships of discovery, integration, application,(More)
—The Center for Engineering Education (CEE) at the Colorado School of Mines promotes both educational research and improvements in teaching. In order to connect the potentially competing activities of research and teaching, CEE has used Ernest Boyer's model of the four forms of scholarship to describe the Center's activities. According to Boyer, the word "(More)
For over a decade, new graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs) from four departments at the Colorado School of Mines have been part of a three-day training program prior to the start of the fall semester. The unique feature of this training program is the strong emphasis on active learning philosophy and methods. Our goal is to teach new TAs how to employ active(More)
This paper investigates the modes of thinking that may be required to understand the concepts central to nanotechnology. Six senior scientists at a large Midwestern university were interviewed to uncover their way of thinking about nanotechnology. The semi-structured interviewers were coded and analyzed to identify the researchers' underlying concepts,(More)
This paper focuses on the NSF-funded Rigorous Research in Engineering Education (RREE) workshops and how the Community of Practice (CoP) model of Wenger, McDermott, and Snyder was used to create a partnership that produced the RREE workshops. Specifically, the paper will discuss how organizational partnerships were formed, how the RREE workshops were(More)
Research in engineering education has shown that academic programs are often designed based on a projected image of engineering practice. However, this image may be outdated or misaligned with today's actual professional work. To develop a more complete picture, we designed the Engineering Pathways Study (EPS). are uniquely positioned to explore transitions(More)
New curricula are needed to meet the challenge of producing the trained scientists, engineers and technicians that will be needed to fuel the nanoscience revolution. Instructors of nanoscience and engineering will need to combine both content knowledge and effective pedagogical methods to create effective curricula. The objectives of this study are to begin(More)