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ERIC Number: ED544736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Characterizing Design Learning through the Use of Language: A Mixed-Methods Study of Engineering Designers. Research Brief
Atman, Cindy; Kilgore, Deborah; McKenna, Ann
Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (NJ1)
This analysis, that utilizes data from part of the Academic Pathways Study (APS) of the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE), found that as a result of taking a course in engineering design and/or studying engineering for four years, students acquire engineering design language that is common to a larger community of practice as well as situated in their own programs and institutions of higher learning. The study also suggests that engineering design language shapes the knowledge that students have about engineering design. Finally, students did not always put this knowledge into practice, suggesting the need for educational improvements, as well as research to better define the kinds of knowledge necessary to bridge the gap.
Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education. Available from: University of Washington. Box 352183, Seattle, WA 98195. Fax: 206-221-3161; e-mail: celtad@engr.; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE)