A recent publication from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching raises questions about whether engineering curricula are sufficiently focused on professional concerns. The study’s authors hint at the idea that engineering programs have too often put professional issues on the backburner while emphasizing a very “science-centric” approach to education. To be sure, they aren’t claiming that science is unimportant, but they are saying that the science needs to be linked more carefully to matters that affect the professional lives of engineers. They also recommend that more professors spend more time “rubbing elbows” with practicing engineers.
Knowing that most engineers have strong feelings on the issue of education, we welcome your comments here. Have engineering programs become too “science-centric?” Do they spend enough time on professional concerns? Tell a look at the story on our website and tell us what you think.
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