FACULTY BELIEFS AND ORIENTATIONS TO TEACHING AND LEARNING IN THE LAB: AN EXPLORATORY CASE STUDY

2019-06-10T19:07:47Z (GMT) by Genisson Silva Coutinho
This dissertation presents a two-phase multiple case study conducted to investigate the faculty
beliefs regarding the integration of labs into engineering and engineering technology education
and the relationship between such beliefs and the teaching practices adopted in the labs. In the first
phase, an exploratory study grounded on a framework of beliefs was conducted to elicit the beliefs
espoused by the participants. Interviews were used to elicit the participants’ beliefs. The
transcribed interviews were analyzed through the constant comparative method. Thirteen faculty
members from the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology participated. In the second
phase, a triangulation approach was used to investigate the relationships between the participants’
beliefs and their corresponding teaching practices. The findings from phase one were triangulated
with the data from interviews, questionnaires, and documents to elicit the relationships between
beliefs and practices.