Introducing Small-Group Teaching in Undergraduate Engineering Education

By Lai-ki Joy Lam.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Although Mathematics is indispensable to engineering education in the analysis and resolution of various technological problems, there are an increasing concern about engineering students with lack of interest and motivation on the Mathematics lesson because of the didactic classes atmosphere. To remedy this situation in engineering education, this paper presents the method by delivering the Fundamental Mathematics courses through traditional lecturing together with Small-group Teaching and the survey result on its effectiveness. It is concluded that the first-year introduction of Small-group Teaching is effective through positive comments of the engineering students. Undergraduate Engineering students are highly appreciated with Small-group Teaching in ‘Language of Instruction’, ‘Understanding Fundamental Concepts’ and ‘Motivation’. Survey result implies the room of improvement in ‘Arrangement of the Class’, ‘Relevance’ and ‘Assessment’. Future study direction is also provided in this paper for further investigation.

Keywords: Small-group Teaching, Engineering Education, Undergraduate Study, Teaching Method

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp.273-280. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 573.296KB).

Lai-ki Joy Lam

Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Miss Joy Lam, Lai ki received MPhil (Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management) in 2005 and Bachelor (Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management) with first honour in 2002 from City University of Hong Kong. Her MPhil study is on the Customer Relationship Management in local engineering enterprise. After graduation, she had been an Assistant Manager (Research and Development) in a local environmental enterprise until the late of 2006. She is currently with the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong, as research assistant on the study about nurturing engineering education in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering. Her research interest is on educational psychology and undergraduate engineering education.


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