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The Use of Applets in an Engineering Chemistry Course: Advantages and New Ideas

The Use of Applets in an Engineering Chemistry Course: Advantages and New Ideas
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Author(s): B.M. Trigo (Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, Brazil), G.S. Olguin (Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, Brazil) and P.H.L.S. Matai (Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 11
Source title: Web-Based Engineering Education: Critical Design and Effective Tools
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Donna Russell (University of Missouri at Kansas City, USA) and A.K. Haghi (University of Guilan, Iran)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-659-9.ch009

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Abstract

This chapter deals with the use of Applets, which are examples of software applications, combined with a specific methodology of teaching, based on Paulo Freire’s education concepts. According to his methods, co-creation between its participants is fundamental for the effectiveness of learning process. In that way, to promote a cooperative learning, the Applet should have interactive features. The Chemistry course of Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, in which students take in the first semester of the first year of the engineering course, was the case study. First, a research with the teachers of the Chemical Engineering Department was carried out, to identify the main problems and difficulties teachers and students face. Then, a topic was selected to be explored with the Applet, which was developed and applied to a small group of students. To identify the success of this experiment a questionnaire was created and the results are presented in this chapter. Some conclusions were drawn and the interactive features of the Applet received a positive feedback.

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