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Comparative Study of First-year Engineering Honors Programs between US and ChinaIn the era of the 21st Century, the call for change in engineering education has been underlinedand documented. To respond to the challenge of global engineering technological andenvironmental change, some renowned engineering-oriented universities in US offer highlymotivated, academically talented undergraduate engineering students with a broader, moreenriched academic experience during their years of college. Meanwhile, on the strength of theadvantage of rapid economic growth and absolute number of engineering graduates, on the otherside of the world, top engineering-centered universities and institutions in China launchprograms to cultivate talented undergraduate engineering students to help promote its pace toindustrialization. Previous researches both in the US and China have generalized andsummarized their experiences and characteristics to design and implement their uniqueengineering programs; however, there are few comparative studies between the two countries onthis topic.Therefore, this paper presents comparisons between the First-year Engineering Honors Programimplemented by School of Engineering Education, Purdue University (US) and the first-year ofUndergraduate Honors Program in School of Advanced Engineering, Beihang University (China).Starting with a brief introduction to these two programs by means of descriptive statisticalanalysis, the paper focuses on interviews with directors and faculty of both programs whichmainly concentrate on the following question: on the basis of their unique engineeringeducational theories or philosophies, how do honors programs run to achieve their set goals, andhow do their directors and faculty design and operate curriculum systems to support the teachingaim?The results of this paper will show the directors’ and faculty’s outlooks of the ongoing programsin both theoretical level (theory and teaching aim), and in operating level (curriculum). Thereasons of their similarities and differences will be thoroughly discussed based on a broader andcomprehensive international and educational background, in order to obtain a more clearunderstanding and more rapid advancement of this kind of programs.
Gong, X., & Cardella, M. E., & Lei, Q. (2011, June), Comparative Study of First-Year Engineering Honors Programs between U.S. and China Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17627
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