Translating research to widespread practice in engineering education

Thomas A. Litzinger, Lisa R. Lattuca

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Introduction. Governmental, academic, and professional organizations around the world have pointed to the need for changes in engineering education to meet global and national challenges (see, e.g., Australian Council of Engineering Deans, 2008; National Academy of Engineering, 2004; Royal Academy of Engineering, 2007). Some of these organizations have specifically pointed to the need for the changes in engineering education to be based on educational research (Jamieson & Lohmann, 2009, 2012; National Research Council [NRC], 2011). In spite of these calls for change, researchers are finding that the rate of change and the nature of the change are not keeping pace with the calls for change. Reidsema, Hadgraft, Cameron, and King (2011) ask “why has change (in engineering education in Australia) not proceeded more rapidly nor manifested itself more deeply within the curriculum” (p. 345) in spite of funding from the national government and continuing efforts of engineering professional societies and Australian Council of Engineering Deans? Reidsema et al. report that interviews of sixteen coordinators of engineering science units at four different universities in Australia revealed that traditional lecture combined with tutorials remained the dominant model of instruction. An in-depth study of the state of engineering education in the United States by Sheppard, Macatangay, Colby, and Sullivan (2009) makes the case that “in the midst of worldwide transformation, undergraduate engineering programs in the United States continue to approach problem-solving and knowledge acquisition in an outdated manner” (Schmidt, 2009, p. 1).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781139013451
ISBN (Print)9781107014107
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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