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What a Systematic Literature Review Tells Us About Transportation Engineering Education

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Civil Engineering Division Technical Session 7

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Civil Engineering

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26.1717.1 - 26.1717.8



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Rhonda K. Young University of Wyoming

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Rhonda Young is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming since 2002 and teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in Traffic Operations, Transportation Planning, Transportation Design and Traffic Safety. She completed her master and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering at the University of Washington and undergraduate degree from Oregon State University. Prior to joining the academic field, she worked as a consultant for 10 years in the transportation profession. She is a registered professional engineer in the states of Washington and Wyoming. Rhonda is involved in transportation education serving terms as chair, vice chair, and executive committee member for the Institute of Transportation Engineer’s Education Council.

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Kristen L. Sanford Bernhardt Lafayette College Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Kristen Sanford Bernhardt is chair of the Engineering Studies program and associate professor of Civil
and Environmental Engineering at Lafayette College. Her expertise is in sustainable civil infrastructure
management and transportation systems. She teaches a variety of courses including sustainability of built
systems, transportation systems, transportation planning, civil infrastructure management, and Lafayette’s
introductory first year engineering course. Dr. Sanford Bernhardt serves on the American Society of Civil
Engineers’ Committees on Education and Faculty Development and the Transportation Research Board
Committee on Education and Training. She previously has served as vice-chair of the ASCE Infrastructure
Systems Committee, chair of the ASEE’s Civil Engineering Division, and a member of the Transportation
Research Board committees on Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing, Asset Management, and
Emerging Technology for Design and Construction. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. from Carnegie
Mellon University, and her B.S.E. from Duke University.

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David S. Hurwitz Oregon State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. David Hurwitz is an Assistant Professor of Transportation Engineering in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University and is the Director of the OSU Driving and Bicycling Simulator Laboratory. Dr. Hurwitz conducts research in transportation engineering, in the areas of traffic operations and safety, and in engineering education, in the areas of conceptual assessment and curriculum adoption.

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Rod E. Turochy P.E. Auburn University

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What  a  Systematic  Literature  Review  Tells  Us  About  Transportation  Engineering  Education    Engineering  education  research  has  evolved  considerably  over  the  last  several  decades  and  has  revealed  much  about  effective  teaching  practices  for  engineering.      There  is  concern  that  the  level  of  adoption  of  these  effective  teaching  practices  across  the  engineering  programs  is  relatively  low  and  that  meaningful  assessment  of  student  learning  using  innovative  practices  is  rare.    One  reason  for  this  may  be  lack  of  meaningful  dialogue  about  these  practices  at  a  discipline  specific  level,  creating  a  disconnect  between  engineering  education  researchers  and  the  larger  group  of  education  practitioners.    A  systematic  literature  review  is  a  method  for  exploring  a  large  amount  of  published  material  to  expose  underlying  trends.    This  paper  uses  the  sub-­‐discipline  of  Transportation  Engineering  to  illustrate  the  use  of  a  systematic  literature  review  as  a  catalyst  for  improving  the  dialogue  on  the  use  of  more  effective  teaching  practices  and  the  assessment  of  student  learning  using  these  practices.    The  case  study  discusses  the  methodology  for  performing  a  systematic  literature  review  and  highlights  some  of  the  case  study  findings  in  the  context  of  how  these  findings  can  be  used  to  identify  next  steps  for  instigating  transformative  change  in  the  field  of  transportation  engineering  education.      

Young, R. K., & Sanford Bernhardt, K. L., & Hurwitz, D. S., & Turochy, R. E. (2015, June), What a Systematic Literature Review Tells Us About Transportation Engineering Education Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25053

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