ERIC Number: ED028706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Final Report: Goals of Engineering Education.
American Society for Engineering Education, Washington, DC.
During the last 50 years, engineering education has reflected the strong influence of 2 trends: (1) an emphasis on unity of purpose and uniformity of standards and practices within the various branches, to provide the engineer with a basic technical knowledge that would enable him to practice in a variety of professions, and (2) a broadening of the content of engineering programs in order to round out the engineer's technical knowledge with training in fields such as social and humanistic studies. The result has been a unique engineering program that is designed to provide a general education plus specialized technical education within the traditional confines of a 4-year period. The increasing complexity of future technological needs will require engineering, scientific and technological manpower educated in greater breadth and depth. The study attempts to indicate, in broad terms, the direction which engineering education must take if it is to meet the demands of the future. Engineering education is divided into 4 levels--undergraduate, graduate, basic, and advanced education--with the recommendation that there be expanded opportunities for the study of engineering, recruitment of a larger percentage of talented youth, curricula that are designed to provide greater breadth and flexibility, and an extension of basic engineering education to include 1 year at the graduate level. (WM)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Engineering Education, Higher Education, Professional Training, Scientific Concepts, Technological Advancement
American Society for Engineering Education, 2100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037 ($2.00)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Society for Engineering Education, Washington, DC.