Student and Faculty Perceptions of Capstone Purposes: What can Engineering Learn from Other Disciplines?

Vale, Julie, Gordon, Karen, Kirkscey, Russell and Hill, Jennifer ORCID: 0000-0002-0682-783X (2020) Student and Faculty Perceptions of Capstone Purposes: What can Engineering Learn from Other Disciplines? Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA). Art No 14149. doi:10.24908/pceea.vi0.14149

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Capstone Experiences (CE) are meant to integrate and culminate the student experience. The most common CE in the Canadian and American engineering curriculums is the final year design course, but other disciplines also have capstone experiences. This paper presents initial results from a multi-institutional, multi-national survey of faculty and student perceptions of capstone experiences. Here, we investigate three criteria (Values, Skills/competencies, Attitudes) and discuss differences and similarities among the disciplines and between engineering students and faculty. There is good alignment between engineering faculty and students, but values such as openness and compassion are selected at (comparatively) lower rates by engineering faculty and students than by other disciplines. These findings provide an opportunity for engineering educators to reflect on the intentions of their CE; e.g., are these results an intentional outcome of engineering capstones, or an oversight on the part of engineering educators?

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Capstone; Design; Outcomes; Values; Skills and Competencies
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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2020 11:04
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:58

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