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Bridging the Valley of Death: A Preliminary Look at Faculty Views on Adoption of Innovations in Engineering Education

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

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2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

25.269.1 - 25.269.8

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https://peer.asee.org/21027

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Kirsten A. Davis Boise State University

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Kirsten A. Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Construction Management Department within the College of Engineering at Boise State University. Davis earned a B.Arch. in architecture and a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee, an M.S. in civil engineering specializing in construction engineering and management from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering specializing in construction engineering and management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her educational research interests are focused on improving construction management education.

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Sondra M. Miller Boise State University

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Sondra M. Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering within the College of Engineering at Boise State University. Miller earned a B.S. in civil engineering and a M.S. in environmental engineering from the State University of New York, Buffalo, and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Iowa. Her educational research interests are focused on methods to attract and retain women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

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Ross A. Perkins Boise State University

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Ross Perkins is an Assistant Professor of educational technology at Boise State University.

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Abstract

Bridging the Valley of Death: A Preliminary Look at Faculty Views on Adoption of Innovations in Engineering EducationAbstractThere is a nationwide need to better translate engineering education research into the classroomsetting. Moving engineering education research into practice is a more complicated task than itmight initially seem. There are many significant barriers to hinder the transition from research toimplementation. These barriers can be categorized into two groups: (1) individual barriers, suchas personality characteristics that contribute to a lack of willingness to implement innovations, aswell as a lack of knowledge about engineering education research; and (2) environmentalperceptions, such as perceptions of the tenure and promotion that suggest a lack of support forinnovations.The project discussed in this paper investigates the characteristics of faculty members whosuccessfully adopt engineering education innovations and studies the impact of their workingenvironment on their decision to adopt. Additionally, the project investigates characteristics offaculty members who do not adopt engineering education innovations and whether that decisionwas affected by perceptions of their working environment.This paper describes preliminary results of a data collection effort identifying current barriersfaculty members have in the adoption of innovations in engineering education. This paperpresents data from two perspectives, that of self and colleagues. These perspectives are part of alarger 360° approach for data collection that also includes the perspectives of students, experts ineducation innovation (such as the director of a center for teaching and learning), administrators,and published documents. This 360° approach provides a foundation for bridging the gap, oftenreferred to as the ‘valley of death,’ between engineering education research and the commonpractice of engineering education.

Davis, K. A., & Miller, S. M., & Perkins, R. A. (2012, June), Bridging the Valley of Death: A Preliminary Look at Faculty Views on Adoption of Innovations in Engineering Education Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21027

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