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Board 104 : Comparison of Engineering Honors Education in America and China—Based on the Analysis of Course Syllabi in the First-year Program and Experimental Class

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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International Engineering Education Poster Session

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International

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11

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Jiaojiao Fu Beihang University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-7951-2281

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Jiaojiao FU is a Ph.D. candidate in School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Beihang University Beijing, PRC. She received B.A. in China Agricultural University and M.Ed. in Beihang University, China. Her academic and research interests include engineering education, engineering ethics education, first-year engineering education, lifelong education. From April 2017 to October 2017, she was a visiting scholar in College of Engineering at the Ohio State University.

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Deborah M. Grzybowski Ohio State University

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Dr. Deborah Grzybowski is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Engineering Education and the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University. She received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and her B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on making engineering accessible to all students, including students with visual impairments, through the use of art-infused curriculum and models. Prior to becoming focused on student success and retention, her research interests included regulation of intracranial pressure and transport across the blood-brain barrier in addition to various ocular-cellular responses to fluid forces and the resulting implications in ocular pathologies.

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Qing Lei Beihang University

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Qing Lei is a professor and the Director of Institute of Higher Education at Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing, China. He has conducted research as a senior visiting scholar in the School of Education at Indiana University in 2002 and in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University in 2014. From 1990 to 1995, he was the Associate Director of the Dean’s Office, BUAA. He received his Ph.D. in 2003, M.Ed. in 1990, and B.Eng. in 1986 from BUAA. His primary social affiliations include the Director of Chinese Academy of Engineering-BUAA Research Center for Engineering Education, and the consulter as a specialist of Beijing Municipal Government. He also served as the member of the executive committee for International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) from 2006 to 2008.

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Dongya Cheng Tibet University

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Dongya Cheng, an associate professor and a deputy director of Department of Education and Psychology of Teachers College, at Tibet University, Lhasa,China. His main research areas include education and psychological problems of the population in ethnic minority areas, as well as John Dewey's educational thoughts.In 2015,he received his D.Ed from Southwest University,Chongqing,China , M.Ed from Northwest Normal University,Lanzhou,China,B.Ed from Henan Normal University,Xinxiang,China.

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Honors Education, known as education for high-achieving students, originated from the “Pass/Honors Examination” of Oxford University in the 19th century and has a history of over 100 years. With the goal of providing specialized and personalized education for gifted undergraduates, honors education has played an important role in the cultivation of excellent students. Through literature review and on-site observation, it was found that many variations of honors programs have been developed for engineering students, including Honors Programs, Scholars Programs, and the Engineering Experimental Classes. These honors programs for engineering students are called “engineering honors education/programs” in this paper.

Previous research on the introduction, practice, experience and assessment of engineering honors programs has provided a foundation for this study. However, growing international cooperation and competition has increased the globalization of engineering. Students need to understand differences and similarities in the diversified engineering educational systems. In addition, administrators and faculty also need to understand these differences and potentially make improvements in curriculum based on these findings. Therefore, this paper takes the First-year Engineering Honors Program at the Ohio State University in the United States and the Engineering Experimental Class at Beihang University in China as their case studies of international comparison of the entire first two years’ curriculum. As an intermediary of teaching activities and the basic guarantee of achieving educational goals, course is a blueprint and plan for cultivating what types of people. This paper takes courses as the research object, compares the whole course setting, and studies the syllabi of basic courses and teaching methods reflected in the syllabi. Methodologies including text analysis, frequency analysis, comparative research and keywords extraction are being used to collect and analyze the keywords extracted from the course learning objectives, topics and outcomes in the course syllabi. Tools used for these analyses include Excel2016 and ywordle2.0.

By comparative study, the similarities, differences and features of engineering honors education in both countries are revealed. On the whole, the course categories for each academic year in both programs are the same, which reflects the course setting of current engineering education and even engineering honors education. As for the basic courses (mathematics, physics, chemistry and life science), both programs focus on the students’ understanding of the basic concepts, principles and knowledge of the subject, as well as the abilities to utilize the concepts and principles to solve problems. However, the numbers and categories of basic courses offered by the Experimental Class in China exceed those of the First-year Engineering Honors Program, indicating more emphasis on basic subject teaching in Chinese engineering education. The American program focuses more on basic engineering education, and has specifically set up ENGR1281 and ENGR1282 to improve the retention rate in engineering. Moreover, the honors program in America places more emphasis on students’ practical ability, capacity to solve practical problems, as well as an emphasis on teamwork abilities. Through hands-on lab experiences and project-based experimental design, students are able to experience the real engineering environment.

Keywords: Engineering Honors Education, First-year Engineering Honors Program, Engineering Experimental Class, Comparative Analysis, Courses Syllabi Analysis, Keywords Extraction

Fu, J., & Grzybowski, D. M., & Lei, Q., & Cheng, D. (2018, June), Board 104 : Comparison of Engineering Honors Education in America and China—Based on the Analysis of Course Syllabi in the First-year Program and Experimental Class Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29863

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