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Graduate teaching assistants’ assessment of students’ problem formulation within model-eliciting activities

Wan Salim, Wan Wardatul Amani and Diefes-Dux, Heidi (2010) Graduate teaching assistants’ assessment of students’ problem formulation within model-eliciting activities. In: American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) International Conference, 20th-23rd June 2010, Louisville, Kentucky. (Unpublished)

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Model-Eliciting-Activities (MEAs) are open ended engineering problems set in realistic contexts, which requires teams of students to create a mathematical model for solving a client’s problem. At the beginning of each MEA, students are required to answer three questions: Q1) “Who is the client?”, Q2) “In one of two sentences, what does the client need?” and Q3) “Describe at least two issues that need to be considered when developing a solution for the client”. These questions are designed to guide students’ problem formulation. As graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) are responsible for assessing these student responses, it is anticipated that GTAs contribute to students’ ability to formulate problems. However, a cursory review of GTAs assessment of student work indicated that some GTAs struggle to properly assess students’ responses. To guide future GTA professional development with MEAs, and problem formulation in particular, this paper seeks to explore these questions in more detail: “How are the GTAs’ assessing students’ responses to the MEA individual questions?” and “Do students’ ability to answer these questions improve across the three MEAs implemented in a single semester?” Three distinct MEAs were implemented in a required first-year engineering problem-solving course in Fall 2007. Open coding and content analysis of ~500 (out of ~1500) student responses per MEA was performed to establish an expert assessment of the student responses. The expert assessment of the student responses were used to evaluate the GTAs assessments. Results verify that the GTAs’ assessments of student responses were very weak. It is clear that GTA professional development with problem formulation is needed. Recommendations for such professional development are put forth.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 7116/44342
Uncontrolled Keywords: Graduate Teaching Assistants’ Assessment, Students' Problem Formulation
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Biotechnology Engineering
Depositing User: Dr Wan Wardatul Amani Wan Salim
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2017 13:25
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 13:25
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/44342

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