ERIC Number: ED225849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Interaction of Theory and Practice in the U.S. Engineering Education. Arbeitspapiere Nr. 13 (Working Paper No. 13).
This study was designed to: (1) describe, in some detail, the structure and activities of engineering programs exemplifying different approaches to experiential learning; (2) identify learning outcomes using this approach, especially in comparison to the regular curriculum; and (3) clarify the broad impact of experiential learning on student/faculty roles and on the specific institution. Ten different programs (or models) of experiential education were selected. Each program either examplified an established and successful model or represented a unique approach to experiential learning. No instrument interviews were developed, but seven general questions were asked of those interviewed (professors, program officials, and some students). Since interviewees were not randomly selected and the questions asked by a researcher not well experienced in the U.S. educational system, these and other limitations are addressed. A review of the U.S. system of higher education (including recent trends in higher education and practices in engineering education), a concept to integrate engineering theory and practice (focusing on experiential learning objectives, patterns of involvement/operation, and cooperative education), and descriptions of the ten programs are provided in separate chapters. Benefits, success, and problems of programs, including evaluation of cooperative and other programs are discussed in the final section. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kassel Univ. (West Germany). Scientific Center for Professional and University Research.