Learning To Think Critically To Solve Engineering Problems: Revisiting John Dewey’s Ideas For Evaluating The Engineering Education

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2003-06-22
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Knott, Kathleen
Omidwar, Iraj
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American Society for Engineering Education
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Mina, Mani
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Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) contains two focuses. The focus on Electrical Engineering teaches students in the fields of control systems, electromagnetics and non-destructive evaluation, microelectronics, electric power & energy systems, and the like. The Computer Engineering focus teaches in the fields of software systems, embedded systems, networking, information security, computer architecture, etc.

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The Department of Electrical Engineering was formed in 1909 from the division of the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering. In 1985 its name changed to Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. In 1995 it became the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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1909-present

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  • Department of Electrical Engineering (1909-1985)
  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering (1985-1995)

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In this paper we would like to take a critical look at the process of engineering education. In particular, because most engineering programs aim, among other goals, to teach engineering students to become problem solvers1,2, we will examine the skills that engineering problem solvers have and how well we are in teaching “problem solving” skills.
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ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: Knott, K., & Omidwar, I., & Mina, M. (2003, June), "Learning To Think Critically To Solve Engineering Problems: Revisiting John Dewey’s Ideas For Evaluating The Engineering Education." Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11610. Copyright 2003 American Society for Engineering Education. Posted with permission.
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