Evaluating student confidence in engineering design, teamwork and communication

Ann F. McKenna, Penny Hirsch

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Many researchers have focused on the role of confidence and motivation on learning and have suggested that students be encouraged to engage in reflection about the role of their self-perceptions in achievement. In this paper we explore how students' confidence levels change during our freshman engineering design program. During the 2003-2004 academic year we implemented a survey designed to measure students' confidence in design problem-solving abilities and associated teamwork and communication skills in Northwestern University's first year Engineering Design and Communication (EDC) course. Analyses of the survey data show significant gains in students' confidence to apply specific design, communication, and teamwork skills. Results from our study provide valuable information about our students, and one perspective for evaluating the effectiveness of design-focused learning environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5911-5921
Number of pages11
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event2005 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: The Changing Landscape of Engineering and Technology Education in a Global World - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Jun 12 2005Jun 15 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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