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International Engineering Education Journals: Past, Present and Potential Research Directions

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Trends in Engineering Education

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Educational Research and Methods

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23.805.1 - 23.805.24



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Leticia Anaya University of North Texas

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Leticia H. Anaya, PhD, ETEC Graduate Program Coordinator
UNT College of Engineering
Department of Engineering Technology
3940 N. Elm, #F115U
Denton, TX 76207

Lucian Visinescu, Ph.D. Student
Information Technologies & Decision Sciences
College of Business University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle Denton, TX 76203-5017
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Phone: (940) 565-3128
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International Engineering Education Journals Past, Present and Potential Research DirectionsThis manuscript summarizes the evolution of research topics in three well-known internationalengineering educational journals and offer a condense recollection of research topics for futurescientific investigations. The three selected journals were the European Journal of EngineeringEducation spanning from 1978-2012, the International Journal of Electrical EngineeringEducation spanning from 1969-2012, and the International Journal of Mechanical EngineeringEducation spanning from 1983-2012. In order to eliminate the potential common method biasassociated with only one text mining techniques, for each of these journals two text miningtechniques were applied in five years segments by extracting 6 and 10 topics from the corpus ofdocuments associated with each segment. Latent Semantic Analysis and Latent DirichletAllocation are two text mining techniques commonly used for topic extraction over largevolumes (corpora) of text documents producing a summary of topics that describe the entirecorpus of documents. These topics were then analyzed to determine how the overall engineeringeducation and the engineering education in appropriate fields (mechanical engineering andelectrical engineering) evolved over a period spanning approximately three decades. The resultsindicate that both text data mining techniques mostly concur that over time, the overallengineering education has evolved from design skills, teaching in a technical field, course projectdevelopment to industrial computer systems, systems engineering knowledge, simulation, expertsystems, to quality management, online distance learning, assessment, copyright issues, andsustainable technology. Some overlap of topics is observed in the analyzed segments. In theelectrical engineering field journals, the trend from analog to digital education is observed. Inthe mechanical engineering journal, many topics remain consistent over time but trend towardincorporating the latest software and technology is observed. Overall, the analysis represent amap of research topics in the aforementioned journals with implications for the understanding ofthe past, present and future research direction in the engineering education field.

Anaya, L. (2013, June), International Engineering Education Journals: Past, Present and Potential Research Directions Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19819

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