Student perceptions of learning and professional development through participation in a quarter-scale tractor design competition

L. D. Hahn, A. C. Hansen

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Abstract

This article reports on a descriptive study of student and alumni perceptions of what they learn through participation in the ASABE Quarter-Scale Tractor Design Competition (2010). The "Illini Pullers" in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been engaged in this tractor design competition since 2001. In this study the researchers used surveys and interview protocols to elicit students' reflections and perspectives on their learning experiences in the Illini Pullers. Results indicate that the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that participants report developing through this organization and competition are consistent with desired outcomes of undergraduate education specified by ABET and other higher-education agencies. Data from surveys of alumni of this organization provide insights into the perceived longer-term impact of their experiences on their professional lives. Implications for those who desire to understand, motivate, and enhance such co-curricular endeavors are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-311
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Engineering in Agriculture
Volume27
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 3 2011

Keywords

  • Co-curricular
  • Design
  • Education
  • Learning outcomes assessment
  • Professional development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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