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Nienkamp, Paul – American Educational History Journal, 2016
Robert Henry Thurston is presented in this article. He provides one the most significant examples of professionalizing engineering through innovative education and promoting scientific education practices in the late nineteenth century. The son of a draftsmen and steam engine mechanic, Thurston spent his early years in Providence, Rhode Island.…
Descriptors: Professionalism, Engineering Education, Educational History, Educational Philosophy
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Nienkamp, Paul – American Educational History Journal, 2010
During the twentieth-century, American engineers harnessed the atom, sent men to the moon, and literally reshaped the world. They re-routed rivers to create giant hydroelectric dams, created a massive and interconnected highway system, and designed skyscrapers, jets, computers, and the internet. As a modern profession, engineering boasted strong…
Descriptors: Land Grant Universities, Engineering Education, Educational History, Engineering
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Duemer, Lee S. – American Educational History Journal, 2007
When education is paid for by society it is only logical that it should address social problems. Such an understanding stresses that historical change should be examined in terms of how education responds to the needs of society, and the process involved in that change. It must be cautioned, however, that educational change does not precisely…
Descriptors: Social Problems, Agricultural Education, Conflict, Educational Change