Engineering Education: Designing an Adaptive System by Board on Engineering Education, National Research Council

By Board on Engineering Education, National Research Council

Often, engineering schooling books describe and make stronger unchanging ideas which are uncomplicated to the sector. even though, the dramatic alterations within the engineering setting over the last decade call for a paradigm shift from the engineering schooling neighborhood. This progressive quantity addresses the improvement of long term thoughts for an engineering schooling procedure that would replicate the wishes and realities of the USA and the area within the twenty first century. The authors talk about the serious demanding situations dealing with U.S. engineering schooling, and current a plan addressing those demanding situations within the context of quickly altering situations, applied sciences, and calls for.

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Other mechanisms, such as seminars presented by foreign-born faculty members (particularly those with industrial experience) and adjunct faculty from industry on aspects of this issue, might have value. Teaching Styles and Methods A widespread tradition in engineering education has been the "boot camp" approach, in which professors typically have made little effort to help students overcome the formidable demands placed upon them. " Thus, engineering education has traditionally been seen as a winnowing-out process.

Faculty Reward System In engineering, and indeed across all academic disciplines, there is concern that the reward systems by which faculty performance is evaluated produce incentives that often lead faculty members onto a narrowly focused career path in academe. These incentives typically create a bias favoring research over undergraduate teaching while also discouraging mobility of faculty between academe, industry, and government. In effect, they may place a penalty on activities such as curriculum development, interactions with industry, outreach to precollege students, student advising, professional development, and other professorial functions designed to foster a more integrated academic community and a more well-rounded educational experience.

Previous page John J. McCoy, Dean of Engineering, The Catholic University of America, Personal communication to BEEd, March 28, 1994 page_31 next page > If you like this book, buy it! html[8/01/2010 10:00:26 PM] page_32 < previous page page_32 next page > Page 32 criterion to measure. Academe has developed accepted methods for evaluating the quality of research but has not developed comparable methods for evaluating teaching and professional service. Recognition of this situation and its implications is growing.

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