A Systemic Model of Development: Strategically Enhancing Students' Cognitive, Psychomotor, Affective and Social Development
Published in Proceedings of the 2007 ASEE International Conference on Research in Engineering Education, June 22, 2007.
The challenges of the 21st century create an imperative for engineering educators: to design learning experiences that result in engineering professionals with a sophisticated level of cognitive, psychomotor, social and affective development. We propose a tool for the design process. Our systemic model of development (SMD) is based on a large body of learning theory and empirical data. It maps the relationships among the major factors that influence learning in the form of a causal loop diagram. To demonstrate the value of the SMD, we compared the motivational profiles of a test group (36 students) who took an engineering course designed with the systems model of development to those of a quasicontrol group (33 students) who took a conventional engineering course. The test cohort of students demonstrated significantly higher levels of intrinsic motivation (86% of a standard deviation, p=0.001) and identified regulation (53 of a standard deviation, p
Materials Science and Engineering