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1 College of Engineering Engineering Education Exploring Engineering Education Heidi Diefes-Dux, ENE Graduate Chair ASEE Student Chapter – November 15, 2005

2 2 Take a minute… What are three questions or concerns you have about educating future engineers?

3 3 Complex Question in Need of a Research Base  What knowledge and abilities do our engineering graduates need to possess to be leaders in the 21st century?  How will we approach educating our students so that they acquire the necessary knowledge and abilities?  How do we assess students' development of these abilities?  How should engineering participate in informing and reforming the K-12 pipeline? – About the knowledge and abilities that are needed to be successful in engineering? – About the opportunities and potential of careers in engineering?

4 4 Answering the Complex Questions The Department of Engineering Education is about finding research-based answers to these kinds of questions! Purdue Engineering Education

5 5 ENE is Making History!  Department of Engineering Education (ENE) established in April 2004 with goals to: – Forward the First-Year Engineering Program to preeminence – Establish a coherent research base focused on student learning and learning environments by developing a graduate program – Establish a research-based K-12 Engineering and Outreach Program  World’s first graduate degree programs in Engineering Education approved in February 2005 by ICHE  First ENE Graduate Cohort Admitted in Fall 2005 Purdue Engineering Education

6 6 ENE Research Thrusts  Science of learning engineering  Differences due to gender, race, ethnicity (diversity equity)  Problem solving, design  Innovation and creativity  Social and global issues  Experiential learning (e.g., service learning)  Learning for life  Technology- and communication-enhanced pedagogies  Assessment methods  Research capacity building

7 7 ENE Graduate Education Philosophy "What is the purpose of doctoral education? […] to educate and prepare those to whom we can entrust the vigor, quality, and integrity of the field.” We call such a person a “steward of the discipline." The Carnegie Foundation

8 8 Overview of the ENE Ph.D. Curriculum  Engineering Technical Coursework (15 cr. hrs)  Research Preparation Coursework (12 cr. hrs) – Education Research Methods – Education & Learning Theory – Instruction & Curriculum Development  Engineering Education Coursework (10 cr. hrs) – Bring Knowledge of Education to the Engineering Context  Graduate Level Elective (3 cr. hrs)  Thesis Proposal & Defense  Demonstration of Achievement of 10 ENE Graduate Competencies Purdue Engineering Education

9 9 Demonstration of Achievement of 10 ENE Graduate Competencies  Synthesize Knowledge  Create Knowledge  Communicate Knowledge  Think Critically and Reflectively  Apply Engineering Education Principles to the Solution of Instructional or Curricular Problems  Demonstrate Engineering Skills  Engage in Professional Development  Participate Actively in Profession  Explain and Critique Education Policy  Teach Engineering Portfolio Development  Select an Artifact  Reflective Narrative – WHAT? - The artifact and why it is included in the portfolio – SO WHAT? – Your person growth related to the artifact – NOW WHAT? - What you will do now based upon your personal growth and future goals

10 10 Overview of the M.S. ENE Curriculum  Curriculum Under Development  Expected Emphasis – Engineering Technical Coursework – Research Preparation Coursework – Engineering Education Coursework  Thesis Defense  Portfolio Development – Demonstration of Achievement of ENE Graduate Competencies Purdue Engineering Education

11 11 Funding Opportunities  Fellowships  Research Assistantships – Talk with individual ENE faculty – To gain experience, consider engaging in ENE research in Spring and / or Summer 2006  Teaching Assistantships – First-Year Engineering Program

12 12 Potential Careers for ENE Graduates  Schools – K-12, community colleges, universities  Non-Profit Organizations – Foundations and government agencies  For-Profit – Education research and testing organizations, corporations  Job Types – Faculty members, researchers, assessment or accreditation coordinators, policy makers, program officers, corporate trainers, directors of teaching/learning centers, diversity programs, outreach programs Purdue Engineering Education

13 13 ENE Graduate Courses – Spring 2006  ENE 695B – Theories of Development and Engineering Thinking – 3 credit hour – Students will study fundamental theories of development and knowledge construction and their impact on pedagogy and research of engineering “thinking”. They will explore behaviorist, interactionist, and sociocultural theories of development.  ENE 695C – Problem Solving & Design for Diverse Learners – 3 credit hour – Students will learn about engineering students’ educational pathways, issues of attraction and retention in the major, the impact of diversity upon the learning environment, and the ways in which students are brought into a fundamental feature of the engineering profession – design and problem solving. Purdue Engineering Education

14 14 ENE Graduate Courses – Spring 2006  ENE 590 – Special Problems in Engineering Education 1-3 credit hour – Engineering Undergraduate Teaching and/or Curriculum Development Practicum – ENGR 100 Cross-Cultural Communication & Diversity Paper Analysis – Technology in the Classroom - ENGR 106 – Gaming Software for Undergraduate Student Recruitment and Outreach – Longitudinal Study of the Impact of the Summer Mathematics Bridge Program – The Impact of the Engineering Learning Environment on Student Self-Efficacy – Internet-Based Distance Education – What could design learning look like? – Investigations into multidisciplinary thinking and learning Purdue Engineering Education

15 15 ENE Graduate Courses – Fall 2006  ENE 695A – Seminar in Engineering Education – 1 credit hour – Students have an opportunity to interact with one another and with members of the engineering education community at local and national levels.  ENE 595A – Introduction to Engineering Education – 3 credit hour – Students are introduced to the field of engineering education. Emphasis is placed on students’ development of a personal identity within engineering & engineering practice, teaching engineering, and the scholarship of engineering education. Purdue Engineering Education

16 16 Application to ENE Graduate Program  Graduate School Requirements: – Transcripts – GRE Test – TOEFL Test - for degree-seeking whose native language is not English – Recommendation letters (3) – Statement of Purpose  ENE Requirements: – Engineering Education Supplemental Application Form – Curriculum Vitae – Engineering Education Research and Teaching Statement

17 17 American Society for Engineering Education  Purdue ASEE Student Chapter  ASEE National Society

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