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An active engagement pedagogy for introductory solid mechanics

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dc.contributor.advisor Mary C. Boyce. en_US Sandhu, Jaspal Singh, 1977- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US 2005-05-19T14:39:04Z 2005-05-19T14:39:04Z 2002 en_US 2002 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2002. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 387-393). en_US
dc.description This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections. en_US
dc.description.abstract Introductory Solid Mechanics has historically been taught using the traditional methods of blackboard instruction. In the Mechanical Engineering Department, we have undertaken an initiative to comprehensively transform the pedagogy of 2.001 (Mechanics and Materials I), an undergraduate course in Solid Mechanics. This transformation represents a radical shift in the teaching paradigm, one which is best described as an active engagement model. Through discovery-based and cooperative learning, it is hoped that students will develop conceptual understanding of the course material, that students will become comfortable working in teams, that student retention of course material will improve, that students will be able to engage in independent learning, and that student satisfaction will improve. There are several components to this new pedagogy: physical desktop experiments, Web-enabled learning modules, a portable computing initiative, a new classroom, and a change in the lecture format. This thesis will describe all of these, but will focus on the development of the Web modules, the synthesis of these elements in developing the new pedagogy, and preliminary assessment of the project. The thesis is dually intended as a presentation of original research and as a working document for others who may wish to undertake a project of similar scope. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility Jaspal Singh Sandhu. en_US
dc.format.extent 393 p. en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.title An active engagement pedagogy for introductory solid mechanics en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 50504828 en_US

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