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Educating Engineers: Designing for the Future of the Field

ISBN: 978-0-7879-7743-6
272 pages
December 2008, Jossey-Bass
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There has been major national attention to engineering education in recent years. This book emerges from a study of engineering education by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as part of its Preparation for the Professions series. The book will document a range of solutions to the dilemmas facing the field, including innovative approaches to teaching design, the use of co-op programs, and integration of basic sciences and research skills. Written for administrators and faculty in engineering schools and programs.
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Foreword.

Acknowledgments.

About the Authors.

Introduction.

PART ONE Preparing the New-Century Engineer.

Chapter 1: The New-Century Engineer.

Chapter 2: Technical Knowledge and Linear Components.

Chapter 3: A Historical Curriculum in a New Era.

PART TWO A Foundation to Build On.

Chapter 4: “Knowing That” and “Knowing How”.

Chapter 5: Listening, Seeing, Doing.

Chapter 6: Learning for Problem Solving.

PART THREE A Place to Explore.

Chapter 7: Theory and Skills.

Chapter 8: Lab in the Curriculum.

Chapter 9: Learning in the Lab.

Chapter 10: Lab Reports.

Chapter 11: Making a Place to Explore Professional Practice.

PART FOUR A Way to Create.

Chapter 12: “Knowing To”.

Chapter 13: Project-Centered Learning.

Chapter 14: Assessing Design.

Chapter 15: Making a Place to Create.

PART FIVE Affecting the World.

Chapter 16: A Foundation for Professional Practice.

Chapter 17: Findings from the Study: An Uneven Base.

Chapter 18: Preparing for New-Century Professional Practice.

PART SIX Bringing Professional Practice Forward.

Chapter 19: A Design for Action.

Chapter 20: Usable Knowledge.

Chapter 21: Toward a New Model for Engineering Education.

Chapter 22: Getting from Here to There.

Appendix: About the Study.

References.

Index.

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Sheri D. Sheppard is a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, directing the study of engineering education in the Preparation for the Professions Program. She is a professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford University.

Kelly Macatangay is management analyst at the Clark County District Attorney's Office in Nevada, and research consultant for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Anne Colby joined the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a senior scholar in 1997. She is coauthor of Educating for Democracy.

William M. Sullivan is a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, working on the Preparation for the Professions Program. He is the coauthor of A New Agenda for Higher Education.

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“For administrators within engineering programs, this book provides a clear look into the curriculum outcomes needed for today’s students. It offers strong direction regarding the components that should be included, and to learning and teaching styles that best serve student needs….It is detailed and is easy to read and understand. Those charged with making curriculum changes will find Educating Engineers a roadmap to the changes top programs are implementing.

Academic advisors who can impact the direction of curriculum, or those who are faculty and are interested in changing the outcomes of the class, will find this a good resource.”
NACADA Journal, Issue 30(1) (Spring 2010)

“The book presents an evaluation of how the education practices of certain engineering schools form future engineers, considering both the strengths and weaknesses of current curricular goals and teaching practices in light of the major changes in professional practice in this new global era.

… The work is useful for academics considering the restructuring of undergraduate engineering curricula.”
Choice magazine, Vol. 47, No. 01 (September 2009)

“For administrators within engineering programs, this book provides a clear look into the curriculum outcomes needed for today’s students. It offers strong direction regarding the components that should be included, and to learning and teaching styles that best serve student needs.”
—Abby Coffin (NACADA Journal)

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