June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.252.1 - 23.252.13
Bridging the Valley of Death: Examining the Work Environment Influencing 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. The project also investigates characteristics of facultymembers who do not adopt engineering education innovations and whether that decision wasaffected 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 three perspectives: that of students, administrators, and published documents.These perspectives are part of a larger 360° approach for data collection that also includes theperspectives of self and colleagues. This 360° approach provides a foundation for bridging thegap, often referred to as the ‘valley of death,’ between engineering education research and thecommon practice of engineering education.
Davis, K. A., & Perkins, R. A., & Cline, R. C., & Miller, S. M. (2013, June), Bridging the Valley of Death: Examining the Work Environment Influencing Adoption of Innovations in Engineering Education Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19266
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