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Educational Research and Methods
While civil engineering graduates are well prepared in the technical aspects of the engineering profession, they lack the professional skills to think through diverse social aspects posed by current complex engineering grand challenges. The core idea of this research is that a Holistic Engineering Project Course (HEPC), in which civil engineering students work with social science students (e.g., in strategic communication and economics) on a complex and open-ended transportation engineering problem, can significantly improve the professional formation of well-rounded, effective engineers. The HEPC platform, as conceived of and assessed in this research, seeks to enable a formative experience (synthesis of a complex, contemporary problem) that functions in cross-disciplinary teams under diverse constraints of real-world social considerations, such as economic impacts, public policy concerns, and public perception and outreach factors. The innovation of the HEPC platform is that civil engineering students have an opportunity to build non-technical— but highly in-demand—professional qualities simultaneously as the engineering students collaborate and deliberate with students from other disciplines. The primary goal of this HEPC is to implement a cross-disciplinary course experience and investigate its impacts on civil engineering students’ professional formation beyond the traditional technical skills in addition to assessing the programmatic development in collaboration of three civil engineering faculty with two economics and strategic communication faculty. The HEPC faculty are working closely with engineering education researchers to design the course and evaluate its effectiveness and impact on both engineering students and non-engineering students. Engineering education researchers train civil engineering faculty on the fundamentals of engineering education research and methodologies. This paper describes the development of this HEPC and the related planned research questions. In addition, the paper will describe the planned execution of the research design and corresponding methodologies, including both assessments and evaluations, to be applied to study the effectiveness of HEPC offering on the professional formation of engineers on the professional formation of engineers.
Dey, K. C., & Rahman, M. T., & Pyrialakou, V. D., & Martinelli, D., & Rambo-Hernandez, K. E., & Fraustino, J. D., & Deskins, J., & Plein, L. C., & Roy, A. R. (2020, June), Development of A Holistic Cross-Disciplinary Project Course Experience as a Research Platform for the Professional Formation of Engineers Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34446
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