Engineering report: A tool to facilitate learning for real-world problem solving

Jia Ling Lin, Paul J Imbertson, Kundan Srivastav, William Horn

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Data from a design-based pilot study that applied Engineering Report team project in facilitating the development of problem solving skills in a real-world situation are reported. Pedagogies validated in Model Eliciting Activities (MEA) and instructions for solving ill-structured problems are applied to the design and the implementation of the Engineering Report project. Students' written work and oral presentations are reviewed, using developed rubrics. In general, students gained engineer experiences and skills in analyzing a hydroelectric system. However, uneven learning outcomes are observed. Students who embraced the learning opportunity and learned to articulate problem spaces displayed positive learning outcomes beyond expectations. Instructional interventions are necessary to support students who are not able to break boundaries imposed by accustomed traditional approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFIE 2016 - Frontiers in Education 2016
Subtitle of host publicationThe Crossroads of Engineering and Business
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509017904
StatePublished - Nov 28 2016
Event46th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2016 - Erie, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2016Oct 15 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Other46th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 IEEE.


  • Design-based research
  • Evidence
  • Open-ended problems
  • Real-world problem solving
  • Reasoning


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