Identifying threshold concepts: case study of an open catchment hydraulics course

Knight, D. B., Callaghan, D. P., Baldock, T. E. and Meyer, J. H. F (2013) Identifying threshold concepts: case study of an open catchment hydraulics course. European Journal of Engineering Education, 39 2: 125-142. doi:10.1080/03043797.2013.833175


Author Knight, D. B.
Callaghan, D. P.
Baldock, T. E.
Meyer, J. H. F
Title Identifying threshold concepts: case study of an open catchment hydraulics course
Journal name European Journal of Engineering Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0304-3797
1469-5898
Publication date 2013-10-15
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03043797.2013.833175
Volume 39
Issue 2
Start page 125
End page 142
Total pages 19
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract The Threshold Concept Framework is used to initiate a dialogue on an empirically supported pedagogy that focuses on students' conceptual understanding required for solving application-based problems. The present paper uses a triangulation approach to identify the threshold concept in a third-year undergraduate civil engineering course on open channel hydraulics. Evidence from teachers, students, and assessment data point to 'critical flow' as the threshold concept - a concept that is transformative, integrative, and troublesome. Identifying the threshold concept by engaging various course stakeholders in a dialogue about conceptual understanding and capabilities makes learning visible for all participants in the process. Implementing this approach can result in an empirically driven rationale for adjusting pedagogies and assessments to foster enhanced student learning outcomes.
Keyword Pedagogy
Student learning
Threshold concept
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 15 October 2013.

 
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