Integrating the Challenge Based Learning Approach in a Freshman Engineering Foundations Course: Project Team Perspective
Dr. Anant Kukreti, Dr. Stephen Thiel, Dr. Lilit Yeghiazarian, Dr. Vasile Nistor, Dr. Charles Matthews, Dr. Catherine Maltbie, Dr. Temesgen Aure
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio 45221
While there is consensus surrounding the importance of STEM education in higher education, there is less agreement surrounding best practices on implementation in the classroom. Critical thinking is defined as the learning of complex, abstract concepts. Research demonstrates that critical thinking is not fostered in the typical college classroom. Numerous studies of college classrooms reveal that, rather than actively involving students in learning, they are lectured to, even though lectures are not nearly as effective as other means for developing cognitive skills1. Students enter college without the skill and leave college without it as well.
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