June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
Understanding Students' Narratives of Grand Challenges Scholars Program as a Nexus Between Liberal and STEM Education
Liberal Education/Engineering & Society
In 2008, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), in collaboration with leading international technological scholars, produced a report with a radically new vision for engineering in the 21st century. Calling for “continuation of life on the planet, making our world more sustainable, secure, healthy, and joyful,” this document inspired a global movement urging interdisciplinary thinkers, policymakers, and the general public around the world to come together to address challenges facing humanity. As a part of this global movement, academic institutions responded by creating a Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP), an initiative that complements and extends engineering education to include knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to solve grand challenges outlined in NAE’s report. The GCSP is a framework that defines five competencies (Talent, Multicultural, Multidisciplinary, Entrepreneurship, and Social Consciousness), development of which serves to prepare a student to address NAE’s Grand Challenges. These five competencies necessitate a holistic approach to educating next generation global citizens, not just next generation engineers. As the program continues to grow, increasing numbers of scholars delve into the questions pertaining to the effectiveness of GCSP on improving students’ learning outcomes. However, not much is yet known about the ways in which students, both engineering and non-engineering, make sense of the ways in which GCSP supports their holistic growth and development into global citizens of tomorrow. Through this panel discussion and paper, we bring together GCSP Scholars from four different institutions funded by the Teagle Foundation to explicitly bridge liberal arts and STEM education through GCSP. The participating institutions - Olin College of Engineering (Olin), Lawrence Technological University (LTU), Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) - represent diverse academic and institutional cultures and are at different stages of GCSP development, with Olin being one of the founding GCSP schools and LTU being the newest addition to the national program. The panelists, both engineering and non-engineering majors as well as those early in their GCSP career and GCSP alumni, share their stories and critically reflect on the pathways which GCSP presented for them. Through their critical narratives, we show how the explicit bridging between liberal arts and STEM education within the four GCSPs enables Scholars to interrogate their personal selves and lead the way in engineering education by engaging in the hard work of thinking about what it means to be human.
Zastavker, Y. V., & Fry, A. M., & Nguyen, H., & Rice, G., & Ross, S., & Selarque, S. Z., & Spies, B., & Vaccaro, M., & Barrett, J., & Brownell, S. A., & Marshall, M., & Oates, K. K., & Spanagel, D. I., & Winebrake, J. J., & Wood, A. (2019, June), Panel Discussion: Understanding Students’ Narratives of Grand Challenges Scholars Program as a Nexus between Liberal and STEM Education Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33152
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