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Adam Kirn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

adam kirn

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Degrees

  • Ph.D, Engineering in Science Education, Clemson University, 2014
  • M.S., Bioengineering, Clemson University, 2012
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2008

Biography

Adam Kirn is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the College Education and the College of Engineering. His research focuses on connecting students' motivations toward long-term goals and problem solving performance in engineering through the use of mixed methods techniques. This work is guided by Future Time Perspective and Knowledge Transfer theoretical frameworks. The results of this work can help practitioners understand how students filter and use current information based on their future goals, and guide practices to help students connect class content to their goals.

Research interests

  • Engineering Student Motivation
  • Identity
  • Engineering Cultures
  • Engineering in the K-12 Curriculum

Publications

  • Kirn A., Faber, C., Benson L. Engineering Students' Perceptions of the Future: Implications for Problem Solving. Submitted for 2014 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Meeting.
  • Kirn, A., Benson, L. Quantitative Assessment of Student Motivation to Characterize Differences Between Engineering Majors. 2013 Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings. IEEE, 2013.
  • Kirn, A., Grigg, S., Benson, L. Relationships between Engineering Student Motivation and Problem Solving Performance. 2013 American Educational Research Association Conference Proceedings.
  • Kirn, A., Morkos, B., Benson L. Work in Progress: How Differences in Student Motivation Characterize Differences between Engineering Disciplines. 2012 Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings. IEEE, 2012.
  • Benson, L., Kirn, A., CAREER: Student Motivation and Learning in Engineering. Paper presented at 2013 American Society for Engineering Education Conference, June 23, 2013.
  • Kirn A., Faber, C., Benson, L. Engineering Student Metacognition During Dynamic Transfer in a Problem Solving Scenario. Paper to be presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching 2014 Annual Conference.
  • Kirn, A., Benson, L. External Experiences and Student Motivation: Do student experiences outside the classroom really matter? Presented at the Clemson Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium, April 8, 2013.
  • Faber, C., Kirn, A., Hutchinson, R., Benson, L. Assessing Dynamic Transfer of Knowledge during Engineering Problem Solving Using Teaching Interviews. Paper to be presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching 2014 Annual Conference.
  • Faber, C., Hutchison, R., Benson, L., Kirn, A., DesJardins, J. Assessing Student Knowledge Transfer During Group Work. IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings, October 2013. Paper presented at the IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference.
  • Faber, C., Grigg, S., Kirn, A., Chasmar, J., Benson, L. Engineering Student Motivation and Perceived Metacognition in Learning Communities. Submitted for 2014 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Meeting.

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