Problem-based freshman engineering course

Karl A. Smith, Michael Mahler, Jon Szafranski, Dawn Werner

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Problem-based learning is very suitable for engineering because it helps students develop skills and confidence for formulating problems they've never seen before. The intellectual activity of building mathematical and computer models to solve-problems, which is an explicit activity of constructing or creating the qualitative or quantitative relationships, helps students understand, explain and predict. The process of building models together in face-to-face interpersonal interaction, results in learning that is difficult to achieve in any other way.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 ASEE Annual Conference - Milwaukee, WI, USA
Duration: Jun 15 1997Jun 18 1997


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