Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
NSF Grantees Poster Session
The Professional Engineering Pathways Study (PEPS) is funded by the Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) of the National Science Foundation. The purpose of PEPS is to build knowledge about engineering early career preparedness and decision-making. We have used a mixed-method approach to learn how engineering students at six partner institutions gather information about careers and then what approaches students use to make decisions about employment opportunities.
As the research phase of PEPS wraps up (we are now in a no cost extension 4th year of a 3-year project) we turn our attention to encouraging our results to be used to inform practice. Research projects often find this phase to be extremely challenging and we hope our lessons learned may offer a useful model to others.
In PEPS, we have taken a Community of Practice (CoP) approach to propagate the use of our research results among career professionals who can then immediately use the results to create or fine-tune their programs or to inform other areas of their practice to be more responsive to student needs. In this poster and paper, we will: (1) briefly define the phrase 'Community of Practice' or CoP (2) discuss how we operationalized CoP in our project, (3) outline the actions taken to form and then foster a CoP in PEPS, (4) discuss the value of the CoP to the participants, and (5) discuss implications for use of the CoP approach by other projects.
Streveler, R. A., & Lichtenstein, G., & Olcese, L., & Brunhaver, S. R., & Carrico, C., & Chen, H. L., & Matusovich, H. M., & Sheppard, S. (2018, June), Board 141: Professional Engineering Pathways Study: The Value of a Community of Practice to Stimulate Use of Research Findings that Inform Practice Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29942
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