ERIC Number: ED300251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Focus on the Future: A National Action Plan for Career-Long Education for Engineers.
National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC.
This report had its origins in a request by the Council of the National Academy of Engineering to its Education Advisory Board (EAB) to consider selected aspects of the fundamental structure of engineering education. There was professional agreement that probably the least effective and appreciated aspect of engineering education was that which occurred after initial, formal campus training, and that rapidly changing technology and global economic competition would call for even more effective efforts for career-long education in the future. Part 1 of the report establishes the rationale for strengthening career-long education for engineers. Part 2 suggests a national action plan for such career-long education by discussing the need for: (1) a national coalition; (2) a systems approach; (3) employer support for education objectives; (4) a broadening of the mission of educational institutions; (5) government action to foster career-long education; and (6) increased leadership from professional societies and other groups. In addition to a reference list of 25 citations, the document contains four appendices which address the "Return on Investment in Career-Long Education"; "Adult Learning and the Engineer"; "Characteristics of a Successful Education Program in a Large or Medium-Size Company"; and "Study Contributors." (PK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Engineering Education, Engineers, Government Role, Higher Education, Inservice Education, Lifelong Learning, Postsecondary Education, Professional Associations, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Development, Professional Occupations, Refresher Courses
NAE Program Office, National Academy of Engineering, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418 (free while supply lasts).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC.
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