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Abstract Title: Challenges and opportunities in incorporating PER-based science instruction in engineering-focused curricula in Gulf Arab environment
Abstract: Khalifa University's College of Engineering is among the first co-ed institutions in the Gulf Arab environment. We report on math, English and FCI test data that triangulate the difficulties in setting up a PER-motivated physics instruction method called "Collaborative Workshop Physics" (CWP). We focus on the process of training a large number of undergraduates whose math and English proficiency need to be improved before exposure to US-standard engineering curricula.  This report explores the existence of a threshold in elementary mathematics skills that may affect the overall success rate of our CWP method.  In addition, we report on the development of ELL-specific tools that enhance the quality of student interaction and help students identify with peers who share similar problems. Lastly, data from periodic student feedback on the effectiveness of cooperative groups in tutorials, lab problems and context-rich problems offer insight into changing attitude towards interactive engagement course.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Abdel F. Isakovic
Khalifa University - KUSTAR, Department of Applied Math and Science
Al Saada and Old Airport Rd. junction
Abu Dhabi, Non U.S. 127788
Phone: +971-2-401-8128
and Co-Presenter(s)
G. W. Hitt, Khalifa University - KUSTAR
O. Fawaz, Khalifa University - KUSTAR
S. Ostrowska, Khalifa University - KUSTAR