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Blended Design and Project Based Learning: a future for engineering education
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Tuesday, December 8 • 2:15pm - 2:30pm
| 5A | Abstract concepts made real: A pilot study examining pedagogical approaches in thermodynamics tutorials

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Thermodynamics is a core concept for mechanical engineers yet notoriously difficult. Evidence suggests students struggle to understand and apply the core fundamental concepts of thermodynamics with analysis indicating a problem with student learning/engagement. A contributing factor is that thermodynamics is a ‘science involving concepts based on experiments’ (Mayhew 1990) with subject matter that cannot be completely defined a priori. To succeed, students must engage in a deep-holistic approach while taking ownership of their learning. The difficulty in achieving this often manifests itself in students ‘not getting’ the principles and declaring thermodynamics ‘hard’

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Tuesday December 8, 2015 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Rincon Room RACV Torquay map C3

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