ERIC Number: ED118438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Student Prepared Case Studies--The Missing Leg.
Henderson, Jerald M.
In the Engineering Case Program conducted by the Projects Board of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the ideal educational program is supported by: (1) content, science, and lore; lectures and programs; (2) observations of practice; case histories, plant tours; and (3) doing jobs; projects. This tripod model of engineering education requires that all three legs be present for the educational system to stand. This paper presents one way that the observation leg, the weakest element in most engineering education programs, can be strengthened. The use of engineering case studies, particularly at the graduate level, has been described as an academic/professional link which is an alternate way of defining the observation leg of the tripod. Case studies offer a way for students to learn about and empathize with the real world. At both the Berkeley and Davis Campuses of the University of California, students can choose to write a case study as a portion of their Master of Engineering program. After meeting several times with their faculty advisor and the project engineer, they write the case study. An appendix includes portions of two student prepared case studies and a list of student-written cases. (LS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education (Ft. Collins, Colorado, June 16-19, 1975)