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An Approach to Undergraduate Engineering Education for the 21st Century

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3 Author(s)
Kastenberg, W.E. ; California Univ., Berkeley, CA ; Hauser-Kastenberg, G. ; Norris, D.

The complexity inherent in the newest technologies as well as the complexity inherent in the multiplicity and diversity of societal needs and perspectives in relation to those technologies calls for a new approach to undergraduate engineering education. We believe this new approach requires a paradigmatic shift from a linear reductionist mindset to a nonlinear holistic mindset. To accomplish such a shift in undergraduate engineering education we propose a new context, new content and new pedagogy to reinforce the context and content. The latter includes the concept of praxis, a set of personal, group and professional practices, which have the goals of internalizing knowledge, enhancing self-awareness and embodying the values of a new integrated culture of engineering. We believe that the program advocated in this paper can be implemented within the constraints of the normal 4 year curriculum by utilizing the ABET humanities and ethics requirements more effectively

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Frontiers in Education Conference, 36th Annual

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27-31 Oct. 2006