Developing an Observation System to Capture Instructional Differences in Engineering Classrooms

October 2003
Journal of Engineering Education;10/ 1/2003, Vol. 92 Issue 4, p329
Academic Journal
In 1999, bioengineering and learning science faculties at four research universities began collaboration on a National Science Foundation-supported Engineering Research Center. The Vanderbilt-Northwestern-Texas-Harvard/MIT Engineering Research Center for Bioengineering Education and Technology is the first such Center to have a specific focus on postsecondary education. Within this project, educators, learning scientists, and bioengineers collaborated to develop the VaNTH Observation System, an assessment tool to capture quantitatively teaching and learning experiences of the bioengineering classroom. The four components of the instrument address the professor's interaction with students, students' lesson engagement, narrative notes, and research-based measures of effective teaching. As professors redesigned lessons to incorporate current learning theory as a guide, observers measured differences in bioengineering classroom experiences resulting from these innovations. Results indicate that the observation instrument captures differences in classroom experiences, and these differences relate to a lesson's incorporation of current learning theory.


Related Articles

  • Tertiary institutions where civil engineering can be studied.  // Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering;Nov2013, Vol. 21 Issue 10, p39 

    The article lists the names of tertiary institutions along with department name and eligibility qualifications for studying civil engineering in South Africa.

  • Tecnología, ingeniería y ciclos de formación. JIRÓN POPOVA, MIRNA // Tecnura;abr-jun2014, Vol. 18 Issue 40, p71 

    This article presents part of the results of the research work titled"Technological formation in Colombia in the public university field" particularly at Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, which was one of the observed institutions. Consequently, we present the findings related...

  • The Effects of Lesson Study on Classroom Observations and Perceptions of Lesson Effectiveness. Myers, Julia // Journal of Effective Teaching;Oct2012, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p94 

    This study examined the effects of lesson study on participants' classroom observations and perceptions of lesson effectiveness, by investigating the focus of their observations during a mathematics lesson and their ratings of the lesson's effectiveness, both preceding and subsequent to the...

  • PREMIUM PRICES. Lieff Benderly, Beryl // ASEE Prism;Sep2008, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p44 

    The article discusses the high tuition cost for engineering courses on a number of colleges and universities in the U.S. It is said that thirty percent of the nation's public research universities offer a premium or a differential tuition in engineering. It is said that differential tuition...

  • Research into Software Engineering: the Hatfield Manifesto. Baddoo, N.; Rainer, A. W.; Veneziano, V.; Wernick, P. // Software Practitioner;Jul/Aug2010, Vol. 20 Issue 4, p9 

    The article presents the research study by N. Baddoo and colleagues at the University of Hertfordshire in England on Software Engineering with focus on the Hatfield Manifesto. It describes the manifesto that observed the practice and gap of Software Engineering in the academic field. It reveals...

  • Professional Disputation. Takeo Nakagawa; Ai Nakagawa; Hiroyuki Iida; Shungo Kawanishi // Creative Education;Aug2013, Vol. 4 Issue 8, p497 

    This paper stresses an importance of the professional disputation, being initiated by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Monash University in Australia. It explains the history of the subject, aims and procedure in a logical order, so that any individual or any institution can take...

  • Revisiting the Didactic Triangle in the Case of an Adaptive Learning System. Seghroucheni, Yassine Zaoui; Achhab, Mohammed Al; Mohajir, Badr Eddin El // International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy;2014, Vol. 4 Issue 4, p27 

    in this paper we revisit the classical approach of the didactic triangle designed for the classical learning situation (face to face) and adapt it to the situation of an adaptive learning system, we discuss also the different components involved in this didactic triangle and how they interact...

  • Assessing K–12 outreach. Reed-Rhoads, Teri // MRS Bulletin;04/01/2011, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p264 

    Outreach efforts within the materials science community include learning goals or outcomes designed with the purpose of increasing awareness or interest in the field, improving the learning or achievement of subject matter, or even supporting a type of literacy or understanding. These outcomes...

  • Teaching Creativity.  // Teaching Professor;Dec2014, Vol. 28 Issue 10, p2 

    The article discusses issues concerning the teaching of creativity to students. Topics covered include an analysis of how creativity was being taught in seven engineering courses, cognitive operations that underlie the creative process and the view that creativity is a process that involves...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics