The relationships between students' Conceptions of Learning Engineering and their preferences for classroom and laboratory Learning environments

Chia Ching Lin, Chin Chung Tsai

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This study developed a survey entitled Conceptions of Learning Engineering (CLE), to elicit undergraduate engineering students' conceptions of learning engineering. The reliability and validity of the CLE survey were confirmed through a factor analysis of 321 responses of undergraduate students majoring in electrical engineering. A series of ANOVA analyses revealed that students who preferred a classroom setting tended to conceptualize learning engineering as "testing" and "calculating and practicing," whereas students who preferred a laboratory setting expressed conceptions of learning engineering as "increasing one's knowledge," "applying," "understanding," and "seeing in a new way." A further analysis of student essays suggested that learning environments which are student-centered, peer-interactive, and teacher-facilitated help engineering students develop more fruitful conceptions of learning engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-204
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr
Externally publishedYes



  • Conceptions of Learning Engineering
  • Laboratory
  • Learning environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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