June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Engineering Leadership Development Division
24.157.1 - 24.157.14
An Experiential Learning Approach to Develop Leadership Competencies in Engineering and Technology StudentsAbstractThere is a shift occurring among many engineering and technology programs throughout theworld in the mode of instruction for leadership development in their students. Where it was oncecommon to have a few seminars on leadership or maybe even a typical lecture-based course,there is a growing trend to provide experiential learning (hands-on) leadership experiences forstudents that better prepare them for success within their careers.Building upon the experiences of other engineering and technology programs focused onleadership development as well as that of our own at Brigham Young University, this paperpresents the use of an experiential learning approach in the development of leadershipcompetencies among engineering and technology students. It analyzes contrasting approachesused by other universities including the tradeoffs of each approach. The paper describes some ofthe challenges of transitioning from a typical lecture-based approach to an experiential learningapproach while describing associated benefits related to engineering and technology studentleadership outcomes.
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