June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Engineering Leadership Development Division
23.1324.1 - 23.1324.8
Using Leadership Education Practices to Enhance Engineering Student EngagementA key component in the leadership education program for engineering graduating seniors at OhioUniversity is interviewing established leaders. Through the interview, small groups of studentsprepare for and engage the established leader to explore the leader’s characteristics, experiences,and methods of leadership. As will be documented in the paper, surveys have found this a farmore meaningful learning experience for the students than traditional lecturing by theleader/speaker. Further, it has also been shown to increase student confidence in their ability tocommunicate, listen, and reflect.This technique was used to improve communication and engagement in freshmen mechanicalengineering students. As a result of feedback from co-op employers and hiring interviewers, anotable deficiency among a significant number of underclassmen at Ohio University wasidentified as engagement during career-related interviews. By having small groups of freshmenengage in-class speakers in an interview format compared to traditional lectures, the studentsself-identified a significant increase in learning satisfaction and retention of informationcompared to the groups that received the same information via traditional lecture. Throughanalysis of student surveys, the preliminary conclusion of this work is that by placing theresponsibility (and consequences) for learning on the engineering student in limited situationscan significantly aid in their development of skills needed to improve their leadership,communication, and engagement skills.
Bayless, D. (2013, June), Using Leadership Education Practices to Enhance Freshmen Engineering Student Interviewing Skills Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22709
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