Cooperative learning as a teaching methodology within engineering graphics

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Cooperative learning methodologies require that a positive interdependence exist between members of a group. This paper details a study conducted by the author on the utilization of cooperative learning within an engineering graphics course. Within the study, two sections were compared on computer-aided design (CAD) problem solving. The experimental section was taught utilizing cooperative learning methodologies, while the contrast section was taught using a traditional teaching approach. During class, students in the experimental section worked in groups on non-graded CAD problems while students in the contrast section worked individually. After each non-graded CAD problem, graded CAD assignments were given in which students from both sections worked individually. At the end of the semester, students from both sections were evaluated on their CAD problem solving ability. Within this paper, the author explores cooperative learning fundamentals and different approaches to cooperative learning that can be implemented within engineering graphics courses. In addition, the author discusses the results of the study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3029-3038
Number of pages10
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event2001 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Peppers, Papers, Pueblos and Professors - Albuquerque, NM, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2001Jun 27 2001


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