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The pedagogical issues in engineering statics

Haron, Habibah @ Norehan and Mohd. Shaharoun, Awaluddin (2009) The pedagogical issues in engineering statics. In: International Conference on Engineering and Education in the 21St Century (ICEE 2009), 23-25 March 2009, Hotel River Majestic, Kuching, Sarawak.

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Abstract

A study on students’ performance at an engineering department in a government-funded university in Malaysia revealed that the percentage of students not graduating on time and failed to graduate is high for a particular engineering program as compared to the other programs. A deeper study lead to one of the contributing factors, which is the poor students’ performance in their first year. Further investigation revealed that Statics, which students took as their first engineering course, has the highest failure rate. There are several cases where students had to repeat the course three times before obtaining a pass to be able to move on to the follow-on courses. This paper examines the pedagogical issues facing the teaching and learning of Statics in the case of this engineering department. The teaching approach of Statics and students learning difficulties in the course are discussed. This is compared with current trends and research findings in the same area worldwide. The findings in this paper would be useful for stakeholders involved in the design and development of this fundamental course.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Proceedings of International Conference of Engineering and Education, 23-25 March 2009. Hotel River Majestic, Kuching, Sarawak.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions:Mechanical Engineering
ID Code:10039
Deposited By: Habibah @ Norehan Haron
Deposited On:22 Jul 2010 04:30
Last Modified:22 Jul 2010 04:30

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