ERIC Number: ED491040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Reference Count: 21
Engineering Learning: Multiple Influences on the Development of Analytical and Group Skills
Strauss, Linda C.; Terenzini, Patrick T.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) (45th, San Diego, CA, May 29-Jun 1, 2005)
This paper reports the results of a study exploring the unique and joint contributions of engineering students' classroom and out-of-class experiences on the development of two sets of skills central to students' successful performance as engineers: problem-solving and analytical skills, and group skills. Although the study focuses on engineering, the criterion measures and conceptual underpinnings are relevant to studies of teaching and learning in other fields. Multiple regression analyses using data from more than 4,500 graduating engineering students on 39 campuses nationwide indicate that, after controlling an array of students' precollege characteristics, both students' classroom and out-of-class experiences make statistically significant and unique contributions to student learning in each of these skill areas. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A