ERIC Number: ED078198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
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Engineering Programs of Tomorrow: The Role of Agricultural Engineering.
Edwards, Donald M.
Due to rapid growth of societal and technological endeavors, engineers of the future will require greater technical competence. At the same time, engineering will become more people oriented with greater emphasis placed on people input into decision making. As a result, engineering education must not only provide improved technical education but must also combine technical engineering considerations with social, economic, safety, political, legal, and environmental factors. Future engineering education programs must also provide greater breadth and flexibility of programing. As with the curriculum in all fields of engineering, the role of the agricultural engineering curriculum must change to meet future needs. This will necessitate a shift away from the on-the-farm emphasis of current agricultural engineering programs to preparing agricultural engineers for positions concerned with environmental problems, rural and urban development, and production and distribution of goods. Coupled with the change in curriculum emphasis is the need for more effective teaching-learning activities and greater emphasis on student advising and career planning. (SB)
Descriptors: Agricultural Engineering, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Educational Programs, Engineers, Futures (of Society), Speeches, Technological Advancement
American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 2950 Niles Road, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085 ($1.50)
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Authoring Institution: American Society of Agricultural Engineers, St. Joseph, MI.
Note: For presentation at the Winter meeting of ASAE (Chicago, Ill., December 11-15, 1972)