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Bridging the Valley of Death: Examining the Work Environment Influencing Adoption of Innovations in Engineering Education

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

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2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

13

Page Numbers

23.252.1 - 23.252.13

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https://peer.asee.org/19266

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Kirsten A Davis Boise State University

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Dr. Kirsten A. Davis is an assistant professor in the Construction Management Department within the College of Engineering at Boise State University. Dr. 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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Ross A. Perkins Boise State University

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Dr. Perkins is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University, where he also serves as the coordinator of the department's Ed.D. program. His research interests include the diffusion and adoption of technologies and innovations for education, mobile learning, instructional design for distance education in STEM and other disciplines, and ICT integration in developing nations. He is the Co-PI on two grants funded by the National Science Foundation (engineering ed. and geosciences) and serves as senior personnel (evaluator) for a third NSF-sponsored grant (STEM education). He is active in the Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) and has served as president of its International Division. He is also a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Perkins earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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R. Casey Cline Boise State University

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Dr. Casey Cline is an assistant professor in the Construction Management Department within the College of Engineering at Boise State University. Dr. Cline earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University, an M.S. in Construction Science from the University of Oklahoma, and a Ph.D. in Education (Adult Development Organizational Learning) from The University of Idaho. His educational research interests are focused on improving construction management processes to facilitate the efficient management of construction projects. His over 25 years of construction industry experience includes work in commercial, industrial, petrochemical, light commercial, and residential construction. He has held positions as project manager, project engineer, superintendent, field engineer, carpenter, and laborer.

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Sondra M Miller Boise State University

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Dr. 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 at 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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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.

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