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Are Industrial Organizations Really Hiring Fresh Graduates with Lifelong Learning Skills?

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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The Intersection of Higher Ed and Industry

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Continuing Professional Development

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Pradeep Kashinath Waychal NMIMS University Orcid 16x16

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Dr Pradeep Waychal is a founder trustee and the chair of Guruji Education Foundation that provides holistic support to the education of underprivileged students and operates on funding from friends. The foundation has recently extended its work in diverse areas such research in engineering education, youth employability and teaching computer science to adolescents. Earlier, Dr Waychal has worked at Patni Computer Systems for 20 years in various positions including the head of innovations, NMIMS as the director Shirpur campus and at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) as the founder head of the innovation Center.

Dr Waychal earned his Ph D in the area of developing Innovation Competencies in Information System Organizations from IIT Bombay and M Tech in Control Engineering from IIT Delhi. He has presented keynote / invited talks in many high profile international conferences and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals. He / his teams have won awards in Engineering Education, Innovation, Six Sigma, and Knowledge Management at international events. Recently, his paper won the Best Teaching Strategies Paper award at the most respected international conference in the area of engineering education - Annual conference of American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). His current research interests are engineering education, software engineering, and developing innovative entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

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Pramod Jagan Deore R. C. Patel Institute of Technology, Shirpur, India

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Pramod Deore is Professor of Electronics and Telecommunication Department at the R. C. Patel Institute of Technology, Shirpur, India. He is also serving as a Senate Member and Member of Board of Studies in Electronics and Telecommunication at the North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India.
His research interests include Interval arithmetic operations applications in Robust Control, Image Processing, and Bio-medical Signal Processing etc. He has published 40 papers in National/International Conferences/Journals and he has Co-authored two books. He is Member of IEEE and life member of ISTE

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Jayantrao Bhaurao Patil R. C. Patel Institute of Technology, Shirpur, India

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Jayantrao B. Patil is working as the Principal at the R. C. Patel institute of Technology, Shirpur, India and holds appointment as a Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering. He is also serving as a Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Member of Senate, Member of Academic Council, and Chairman of Board of Studies in Computer Engineering & Information Technology at the North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India.

Jayantrao’s research interests include Web caching, Web Prefetching, Web data mining, Biometrics, and digital watermarking. He is the author/co-author of over 10 papers in refereed journal publications and over 10 papers in conference proceedings. He is also associated with many international conferences like ICICT 2014 at Chengdu, China, ICICT 2013 at New Delhi, India, and DNCOCO 2007 at Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago as a Session Chair and Program Committee Chair.

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The ongoing pace of technological changes has been enhancing criticality of lifelong learning skills of engineering students. Therefore, all the leading accreditation systems have included lifelong learning as one of the graduate attributes. The education systems require leading indicator for the attribute to better manage development of the attribute. Further, the industrial organizations need to inferentially evaluate the attribute while hiring fresh graduates.

We used an instrument to measure lifelong learning developed by John R. Kirby, et al. based on the five characteristics of lifelong learners identified by Knapper and Cropley. We chose an engineering school that has more than 600 students in the final (senior) year; out of which only forty six students were placed in a large Information technology services company. We administered a survey using the Kirby form and found statistically significant difference among students who are placed and who are not placed in questions such as, ‘I prefer to have others plan my learning’, ‘When I approach new material, I try to relate it to what I already know’, ‘I feel others are in a better position than I am to evaluate my success as a student’, ‘I often find it difficult to locate information when I need it’, ‘I prefer problems for which there is only one solution’ and ‘I feel uncomfortable under conditions of uncertainty’. The remaining eight questions did not have significant difference between the two samples.

The experiment needs to be repeated in different academic and industrial organization combinations to validate the findings.

Waychal, P. K., & Deore, P. J., & Patil, J. B. (2016, June), Are Industrial Organizations Really Hiring Fresh Graduates with Lifelong Learning Skills? Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26276

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