ERIC Number: EJ1063822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
The Right Answer Is Communication When Capstone Engineering Courses Drive the Questions
Ford, Julie Dyke; Teare, Scott W.
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v7 n3-4 p5-12 Jul-Dec 2006
New graduates striving to become successful engineers must use communication to interact with superiors and colleagues. This paper reports the results of a four-year development program using the capstone design course as a driver for developing engineers? communication skills. Faculty assessment of the program, as well as post-graduation feedback from the programs graduates, is included. Significant benefits from this approach include preparing students to enter a communication-based engineering workplace through a just-in-time learning experience that enhances students, buy-in to the material. Programmatic advantages include having a curriculum that supports ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) 2000 ideals.
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Communication Skills, Organizational Communication, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, College Faculty, Feedback (Response), Graduate Surveys, Learning Experience, Student Evaluation, Curriculum Design, Educational Benefits, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Practices, Participant Satisfaction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico