Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Seokyoung Ahn
Dr. Robert A. Freeman
Dr. Stephen W. Crown
This thesis discusses the challenge-based instructional (CBI) lessons currently being developed for the Engineering Graphics course at UTPA. This endeavor concentrates on student retention, as well as the students’ ability to practically apply their new skills. Minority science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students have been found, in recent studies, to depart from STEM undergraduate fields to some extent because of the lack of real world connections to the subject matter. Also, the traditional way of teaching theory first and then assigning a task may actually stifle creative thought and innovation required in later STEM courses. Our use of CBI is based on the How People Learn (HPL) framework for effective learning environments and is realized and anchored by the STAR Legacy Cycle. The materials developed during the course of this study are collaboration between students and faculty members at UTPA and STC, both Hispanic Serving Institutions.
University of Texas-Pan American
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