June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
The investments made to change engineering education in the US are immense, as anyone who has perused NSF’s annual reports quickly realizes. As Giersch notes (2014), significant change requires attention to at least two dimensions: equipping individual faculty with effective tools and approaches, and working on an institutional level to scale and sustain improvement. How to operationalize this conceptual understanding is still elusive, however – both individuals and organizations tend to resist change, and the prospect of doing both simultaneously is daunting.
This paper will present the results of new research on a national network of universities engaged in an effort to embed innovation and entrepreneurship in undergraduate engineering education, in an attempt to “look under the hood” at the process of change. While innovation and entrepreneurship will serve as the primary lens for this research, the lessons learned may be of value to engineering education transformation more generally.
Previous articles examining the work of this network have summarized the types of activities that have been initiated at the institutions; this paper will update that information and move beyond to examine the work of change itself, with particular focus on these dimensions:
· Change as a team effort: How do team size and composition impact the effectiveness of transformation initiatives? How can teams organize their work to maximize their chances of success? · Leading change: How do leaders of teams working in these initiatives approach their work? Are there particular leadership behaviors or attitudes that can accelerate change? · The context of change: What impact do institutional context factors, such as college or university leadership transitions, have on engineering education transformation efforts?
In addition to presenting the results of research currently underway, the paper will suggest areas in which additional research is needed.
Giersch, S., & McMartin, F. P., & Nilsen, E., & Sheppard, S., & Weilerstein, P. (2014, June), Supporting Change in Entrepreneurship Education: Creating a Faculty Development Program Grounded in Results from a Literature Review Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/23077
Nilsen, E., & Morrison, E. F., & Asencio, R., & Hutcheson, S. (2017, June), Getting "There": Understanding How Innovation and Entrepreneurship Become Part of Engineering Education Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28404
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