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Title:Who's Driving? Structured Pairing in an Electronics Laboratory
Author(s):Fila, Nicholas D.
Advisor(s):Loui, Michael C.
Department / Program:Electrical & Computer Eng
Discipline:Electrical & Computer Engr
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Engineering Laboratory
Pair Programming
Structured Pairing
Abstract:Pair programming, a method of structuring student groups in computer science courses, has been found to increase student confidence, satisfaction, and persistence in computer science courses. I developed a similar method of structuring student groups, called “structured pairing,” which I implemented in an engineering laboratory. I compared structured pairing with traditional student grouping, using an end-of-semester survey, focus group interviews, College of Engineering enrollment data, and final examination scores. I found that, like pair programming, structured pairing increased student confidence, satisfaction, and desire to persist within engineering. Structured pairing also increased student comfort with basic lab tasks, increased student willingness to work in groups or teams in the future, provided more positive and equitable experiences, and gave students a more helpful view of teamwork.
Issue Date:2011-01-14
Rights Information:Copyright 2010 Nicholas D. Fila
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-01-14
Date Deposited:December 2

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