Learning non-technical skills from pedagogical training: Investigating IGERT graduate student perceptions

Catherine G.P. Berdanier, Monica Farmer Cox, Thomas John Wallin, James Murphy, Amanda Michelle Lorts Harding, Rabia Hussain, Sonny James Penterman, Vanessa Nicole Peters, Thejaswi U. Tumkur, Quincy Leon Williams, Suely M. Black

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Inter- and multidisciplinary training has been advocated for graduate students as the problems facing science and engineering become increasingly complex. The Integrative Graduate Education Research and Traineeship on Magnetic and Nanostructured Materials (IGERT-MNM) is a collaboration between Purdue University, Cornell University, and Norfolk State University to train interdisciplinary science and engineering doctoral students for future roles as leaders in the materials science and engineering fields. As part of this socialization into future careers, students proceed through a variety of modules. This paper specifically covers student learning in a pedagogy module, which introduces students to best practices in teaching and learning. Graduate student reflections on the development of high-school level student and teacher science and engineering activities were analyzed via thematic coding methods in order to understand skills that students felt they developed as part of this module. Non-technical skills that students developed included communication skills for diverse audiences; the ability to convey technical expertise to non-technical audiences, and the development of virtual teamwork skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
Volume122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Making Value for Society
Issue number122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Making Value for...
StatePublished - 2015
Event2015 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Seattle, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2015Jun 17 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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