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Kezar, Adrianna; Gehrke, Sean – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it as they interact regularly. Higher education leaders are attracted to CoPs because they are a peer-based model of learning with colleagues, which works well for professionals such as faculty. These authors identified…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Communities of Practice, Higher Education, Models
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Hartmann, Beth Lin; Jahren, Charles T. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
This paper presents the results of a study that sought to identify what companies mean by the word "leadership" when used a job descriptions for entry-level, full-time engineering positions. Seven years of job posting data was analyzed to first understand the frequency and use of the word "leadership" in job descriptions. Using…
Descriptors: Leadership, Engineering, Technical Occupations, Occupational Information
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Jackson, Jerlando F. L.; Charleston, LaVar J.; Gilbert, Juan E. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2014
According to the National Science Foundation (NSF; 2006), science and engineering jobs constitute a growing sector of the United States economy. The number of science and engineering degrees has lagged behind this occupational growth. In describing Wisconsin's technology profile, Winters, Strang, and Klus (2000) report that the state is nationally…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Strategic Planning, Research Methodology, Regional Characteristics
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Sahin, Alpaslan – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2013
As the global economic competition gets tougher, American policymakers and researchers are interested in finding ways to increase the number of students pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)-related majors in order for the United States to continue its role as an economic powerhouse. A survey study was employed to…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Fairs, Clubs, Grade 12
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Cox, Monica F.; Cekic, Osman; Adams, Stephanie G. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2010
The engineering education community (motivated by internal and external factors) has begun to focus on leadership abilities of college students in engineering fields via reports from ABET, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Research Council. These reports have directed criticism toward higher education institutions for their…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Extracurricular Activities, Engineering, Leadership
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Schuhmann, Richard J. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2010
While industry and academia agree that leadership skills are critical for engineering graduates, there exists no consensus regarding the definition of "engineering leadership". The engineering leadership development program at Penn State University has a decade-long experience in teaching leadership to engineering undergraduates. In…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Leadership Training, Engineering, Leadership
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Goonatilake, Rohitha; Ni, Qingwen; Moran-Lopez, Juan M. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2009
As in other educational programs, scholarship programs offer mentoring to the recipients. In order to cultivate the maximum benefit, each recipient needs to be guided and appropriately advised, first to achieve the goals of the program and secondly, to benefit themselves from the scholarship. The purpose of the article is to investigate this…
Descriptors: Mentors, Computer Science, Scholarships, Science Education
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Nasr, Karim J.; Ramadan, Bassem H. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2008
This paper presents the development and implementation of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in an engineering thermodynamics course at Kettering University. In this project, the thermodynamics course was restructured as modules presenting practical applications first, whereas principles were introduced just-in-time and as encountered. Theoretical…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Engineering, Engineering Education, Science Curriculum
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Gilbert, Juan E.; Lewis, Chance W. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2008
Most recently, many higher education institutions have continued to struggle to answer the question of whether they should promote diversity as a central value of the university or protect themselves from legal challenge by avoiding the inclusion of diversity initiatives. In this article, the authors first provide several examples documenting how…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Universities, STEM Education, College Students
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Khoumsi, Ahmed; Gonzalez-Rubio, Ruben – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2006
Our department has redesigned its electrical engineering and computer engineering programs completely by adopting a learning methodology based on competence development, problem solving, and the realization of design projects. In this article, we show how this pedagogical approach has been successfully used for learning compiler design.
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Competency Based Education, Engineering Education, Computer Science Education
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Petrova, Raina; Tibrewal, Abhilasha; Sobh, Tarek M. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2006
In keeping with the outcome-based assessment outlined by ABET's Education Criteria 2000, the School of Engineering at the University of Bridgeport has defined fifteen general student outcomes for its computer engineering program. These outcomes form the basis of its instructional program and assessment activities. In assessing and monitoring the…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, STEM Education, Computer Science Education, Goal Orientation