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Ingeniería e Investigación

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MERIDENO, I; ANTON, R  and  PRADA, J.G. The influence of a non-linear lecturing approach on student attention: Implementation and assessment. Ing. Investig. [online]. 2015, vol.35, n.3, pp.115-120. ISSN 0120-5609.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/ing.investig.v35n3.49644.

This paper presents a change made to the lecturing approach used within a specific course. The new lecturing approach is based on a non-linear structure where each lesson combines concepts from different topics, in contrast to the traditional linear structure in which each topic is treated separately. The objective of the non-linear approach is to increase student dynamism and motivation and to foster teacher-student dialog. Assessments from students who were taught according to the traditional linear structure along with assessments from students who were taught under both the linear and non-linear approaches are presented. Results show that the non-linear lecturing approach was welcomed and led to a higher degree of student dynamism and motivation and to more tea­cher-student dialog.

Keywords : Engineering education; non-linear approach; teaching mechanical engineering.

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