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ERIC Number: ED504076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Educating Engineers: Designing for the Future of the Field. Book Highlights
Sheppard, Sheri D.; Macatangay, Kelly; Colby, Anne; Sullivan, William M.
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
This multi-year study of undergraduate engineering education in the United States initiated questions about the alignment of engineering programs with the demands of current professional engineering practice. While describing engineering education from within the classroom and the lab, the report on the study offers new possibilities for teaching and learning. Although engineering education was found to be strong on imparting some kinds of knowledge, it is not as effective in preparing students to integrate their knowledge, skills, and identity as developing professionals. This lack of integration also weakens the transfer of the engineering perspective to other areas in which engineering graduates find employment. The authors advocate that engineers affect the world in profound ways, and advocate that the public, both national and global, has a significant stake in the preparation of engineers to design and manage an increasingly technological world. Engineering education that integrates knowledge, skill, and purpose through a consistent focus on preparation for professional practice is aligned with the demands of complex, interactive, and environmentally and socially responsible forms of practice. (Contains 2 figures.) ["Educating Engineers" is the third of a series of reports on professional education issued by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's Preparation for the Professions Program, following "Educating Clergy" and "Educating Lawyers." Future reports will examine the preparation of nurses and physicians.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; The Atlantic Philanthropies
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A