Motivational impact of active learning methods in aerospace engineering students

López Fernández, Daniel and Ezquerro Navarro, Jose Miguel and Rodriguez Otero, Jacobo and Porter, Jeffrey Brent and Lapuerta Gonzalez, Maria Victoria (2019). Motivational impact of active learning methods in aerospace engineering students. "Acta Astronautica", v. 165 ; pp. 344-354. ISSN 0094-5765. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2019.09.026.

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Title: Motivational impact of active learning methods in aerospace engineering students
Author/s:
  • López Fernández, Daniel
  • Ezquerro Navarro, Jose Miguel
  • Rodriguez Otero, Jacobo
  • Porter, Jeffrey Brent
  • Lapuerta Gonzalez, Maria Victoria
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Acta Astronautica
Date: 2019
ISSN: 0094-5765
Volume: 165
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Aerospace engineering; Engineering education; Motivation; MDI-EE; Active learning; PBL
Faculty: E.T.S.I. de Sistemas Informáticos (UPM)
Department: Sistemas Informáticos
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Motivation is a critical factor in academic performance. In the case of aerospace engineering education, it is particularly necessary due to the difficulty of the subject, so it is essential to use reliable instruments to allow aerospace engineering teachers to understand how their students' motivation works. Moreover, it is important to identify educational techniques that enhance the motivation of aerospace engineering students and help them to persevere through a challenging workload. In this contribution, the motivation of students of the Master of Aerospace Engineering degree of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid is analyzed in two subjects that use different educational techniques. A teaching centered approach is applied in one subject, while active learning methods like Project Based Learning are applied in the other. In this second approach, students are required to perform a preliminary design of a Space Mission starting from Mission requirements and must integrate the subsystems of a microsatellite using demonstration satellites. A reliable instrument tailored for engineering students has been used during two academic years to evaluate the impact of these techniques on the students’ motivation. The empirical experience described here confirms the positive impact of active learning methods and indicates the key factors, both intrinsic and extrinsic, in the motivation of aerospace engineering students.

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Item ID: 67041
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/67041/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:67041
DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2019.09.026
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094576519312937?via%3Dihub
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 02 Mar 2022 16:18
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2022 16:18
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