A new paradigm for a new field: Communicating representations of engineering education research

Maura Borrego, Ruth A. Streveler, Ronald L. Miller, Karl A. Smith

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Abstract

Based on a three-year experience of developing, facilitating, and assessing NSF-funded workshops on Rigorous Research in Engineering Education (RREE), the authors present four representations of engineering education scholarly work in the United States, specifically teaching and research. Many of the representations describe the relationships between engineering research, education research, teaching, and assessment. For each of the representations, assessment data are presented to evaluate which aspects resonated with workshop participants and which needed to be changed for wide acceptance by a U.S. engineering education audience. It was found that participants preferred continua to dichotomy and were more receptive to models that were introduced inductively through active learning exercises. Lessons learned, implications for the field, and future plans for further development of the paradigm are also included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-162
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Volume97
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2008

Keywords

  • Education reform
  • Engineering education research
  • New paradigm

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