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Type: Journal article
Title: A detailed research study of learning and teaching core chemical engineering to a high standard in a mixed-ability small class in industry
Author: Davey, K.
Citation: European Journal of Engineering Education, 2017; 42(6):775-799
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 0304-3797
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Kenneth Davey
Abstract: A detailed study of learning and teaching (L&T) of chemical engineering distillation to a mixed-ability small class of 13 students who are ordinarily full-time in-house employees in industry is reported. The course consisted of 9 × 2-h lectures (18 hours) and 9 × 2-h tutorials (18 hours). It was delivered over nine business days in situ in an established distillery. The purpose was to (re)learn core distillation of ethanol–water mixes at the level of higher education of a bachelor programme. There was 90% broad agreement that the course encouraged more learning. Students (40%) felt the course was too mathematical, however. Pointedly, there was good agreement (63%) that the course stimulated communication with each other professionally, and customers of the distillery. Results overall provide good evidence that students valued their L&T. The experimental design (s) could be readily applied to a range of fields of knowledge.
Keywords: Chemical engineering; mixed-ability class; learning and teaching in industry; engineering higher education
Rights: © 2016 SEFI
RMID: 0030073892
DOI: 10.1080/03043797.2016.1224817
Appears in Collections:Chemical Engineering publications

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