Both of my pedagogical research projects are linked to the sophomore level course Sustainability of Civil and Environmental Systems (CIE 274) in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Syracuse University. Dr. Davidson and the other instructors had noticed a large fraction of students that were struggling fundamental engineering problems throughout the course each year. During my time as a TA in 2013, we began to explore way to better assess student understanding in the course. While I no longer serve as a TA for this course, I continue to be involved as an education researcher.
Project 1 – Engineering Student Misconceptions about Rate and Accumulation Processes
The primary project goal is to identify misconceptions in sophomore engineering students’ understanding of physical and chemical processes that include time-dependent and time-independent variables.
1. Flynn, C. Davidson, C. and Dotger, S. “Engineering Student Misconceptions About Rate and Accumulation Processes,” Proceedings, ASEE 2014 Zone I Conference, Bridgeport, CT, USA, April 3-5, 2014. Nominated for Best Paper Award | Link to paper
2.Flynn, C.D., Davidson, C.I., Dotger, S., and Sullivan, M. 2015. Development and Pilot Test of the Rate and Accumulation Concept Inventory. In 2015 ASEE Annual Conference, June 2015.
Project 2 – Case-Based Teaching to Improve Understanding of Stakeholder Engagement in Designing Engineering Systems
This work was inspired by an in-depth case study that I conducted on the evolution of Onondaga County’s stormwater management plans. The overall project goal is to develop original case-based teaching modules including simulation activities to improve undergraduate engineering student understanding of interactions with stakeholders during the design of engineering systems.
Flynn, C.D., Squier, M. and Davidson, C.I. 2015. Development of a Case-based Teaching Module to Improve Student Understanding of Stakeholder Engagement Processes within Engineering Systems Design. In 2015 Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development. http://hdl.handle.net/2429/53680.