McKenzie Clark's research while affiliated with Florida Institute of Technology and other places

Publications (4)

Conference Paper
Senior Capstone Design courses offer two major types of projects: industry sponsored projects and non-industry sponsored projects. Previous studies show changes in student motivation based on the type of project they select. However, the quantitative data analysis fails to capture the reasoning behind the student’s inclination towards a certain typ...
Conference Paper
In a multifaceted course such as senior capstone design, it is integral to ensure students are receiving a value adding experience. In most universities across the United States, senior capstone design is a multiple semester sequence where design is heavily emphasized and students are encouraged to test their skills, both technical and nontechnical...

Citations

... Our previous research has shown that senior capstone design presentations can be regarded as one such stress-inducing environment for students, with the requirement of biweekly presentations to industry clients and instructors. It has also shown a decrease in presentation anxiety and an increase in performance at the end of the course, inferring the impact of repetition and preparedness garnered throughout the course [44,45]. Incentives can be intrinsic and extrinsic, both considered motivation-specific processes leading to desired behavior/outcome of the task. ...
... With the adamant of research in reward-based performances, studies highlight two important topics: improving performance [47] and changes in intrinsic motivation [48]. The authors of this study have previously contributed to understanding student motivation in mechanical design courses [49]. The idea of improving motivation and student performance with rewards is controversial [48]. ...
... Educators across all disciplines highlight the importance of motivation in engaging classroom environment [30]. Engineering students have reported the value of classroom performance in the overall preparedness for industry and persistence in the program [31]. Studies have shown a 40-60% of retention rate in engineering, [32] which makes this study a small step in contributing to the larger goal of targeting student retention and preparedness for future challenges. ...