Implementing active-learning in an international context: A study in introductory physics

G. Zavala, C. H. Kautz

Resultado de la investigación: Conference contribution

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Resumen

Active learning has become widely recognized as a desired strategy for teaching in engineering education. Many of the active-learning instructional materials have been developed in the US. Instructors in non-English speaking countries wanting to implement these materials therefore face the choice between (a) using the materials in the original English versions, and consequently teaching in a language other than their students' native language; and (b) using translations into the local language. Two sets of implementations of a particular set of instructional materials for introductory physics form the context for our investigation, one in Mexico and the other in Germany. At each institution, we have collected and analyzed data from students in locallanguage courses and courses taught in English. Results from both institutions indicate that, on average, students using the materials in English perform better than those using a translation. In our effort to explain this result, we have identified several variables that affect student performance. These include instructor factors such as commitment to active learning, as well as student factors such as reasoning skills, English and native language proficiency, mathematical skills, and prior academic performance. In our report, we analyze and discuss the influence of each of these factors.

Idioma originalEnglish
Título de la publicación alojadaProceedings of 36th European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI Conference on Quality Assessment, Employability and Innovation
EditorialSense Publishers
ISBN (versión digital)9789087905712
EstadoPublished - 2008
Evento36th SEFI Annual Conference 2008 - Aalborg, Denmark
Duración: 2 jul 20085 jul 2008

Other

Other36th SEFI Annual Conference 2008
PaísDenmark
CiudadAalborg
Período2/07/085/07/08

Huella dactilar

physics
Physics
Students
learning
language
student
instructor
Teaching
Engineering education
performance
speaking
Mexico
Problem-Based Learning
commitment
engineering
education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Education

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Zavala, G., & Kautz, C. H. (2008). Implementing active-learning in an international context: A study in introductory physics. En Proceedings of 36th European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI Conference on Quality Assessment, Employability and Innovation Sense Publishers.
Zavala, G. ; Kautz, C. H. / Implementing active-learning in an international context : A study in introductory physics. Proceedings of 36th European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI Conference on Quality Assessment, Employability and Innovation. Sense Publishers, 2008.
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Zavala, G & Kautz, CH 2008, Implementing active-learning in an international context: A study in introductory physics. En Proceedings of 36th European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI Conference on Quality Assessment, Employability and Innovation. Sense Publishers, 36th SEFI Annual Conference 2008, Aalborg, Denmark, 2/07/08.

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