June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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Exploring Engineering Education in Broader Context: A Framework of Engineering Global PreparednessBoth the National Academy of Engineering and engineering education researchers underscorea necessity that U.S. engineering graduates be capable of collaborating across nationalboundaries to successfully “encounter worlds of professional practice that are increasinglyglobal in nature.” As a result, this emphasis requires engineering educators and professionalsto better understand what constitutes a globally prepared engineer and the types of learningexperiences foster preparation of such an engineer.This paper offers an overview of a NSF funded multi-university research program thatinvestigates how globally focused learning experiences within engineering (both co- andextra-curricular) impact students’ global preparedness. The research protocol involves threestudies, as follows: 1. Developing with subject matter experts an operational model of globally focusedoutcomes specific to engineering education. We establish constructs of internationaleducation and experiences (e.g., curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular) that contributeto the outcomes. 2. Conducting a mixed-methods experiment among our four collaborating schools.We triangulate three established assessment instruments that capture different constructs.Using multi-dimensional modeling, this work suggests identifying educational practices,institutional characteristics, and student backgrounds that facilitate engineering globalpreparedness. 3. Conducting a larger cross-institutional quantitative study of 10-15 engineeringschools to analyze the impact of various international experiences, both within and outside thecurriculum as well as pedagogical practices.Results from this study offer the engineering education community a set of research-basedglobally focused engineering education pedagogical practices that correlate to studentlearning, diverse student populations, and program design.
Streiner, S. C., & Cunningham, S., & Huang, S., & Levonisova, S., & Matherly, C., & Besterfield-Sacre, M. E., & Shuman, L. J., & Ragusa, G., & Kotys-Schwartz, D. A. (2014, June), Exploring Engineering Education in Broader Context: A Framework of Engineering Global Preparedness Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20469
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