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Foundations of Engineering Education


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

In this course, you will have opportunities to learn to
  1. Compare the research interests and mentoring approaches of ENE faculty members with your own interests and mentoring needs
  2. Connect research questions and motivations with research methodologies
  3. Contrast your ideas with others' ideas in academic writing
  4. Craft coherent, cohesive paragraphs with clear, concise, graceful sentences
  5. Critically reflect on your personal learning goals and articulate a learning plan
  6. Identify and use resources that will help you complete the doctoral program and transition into the professional engineering education community
  7. Prepare a biosketch and a curriculum vitae
  8. Explain the ethical responsibilities of engineering education researchers


This course gives students entering the graduate program in engineering education (ENE) opportunities to explore their roles within the field of engineering education, to create a learning plan that maps to program requirements, and to develop habits of mind to support their ongoing professional development. In particular, students will refine their ability to write clearly and coherently in an academic context. The course also provides new graduate students with dedicated time to explore research trends and faculty interests so they can make informed choices about advising and program opportunities.
The course seeks to support a ???community of practice??? culture in which Purdue graduate students and faculty participate in learning partnerships of mutual support, critical reflection, and discourse that will enhance students??? graduate experiences. Major course activities include visits by ENE faculty members, practice in academic writing, and discussion of ENE community practices, milestones, and competencies. By reading selected articles written by the faculty visitors, students will gain a broad overview of areas of research in engineering education.

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Applied / Theory:


These texts are required and it is important to order the correct editions, as we will use writing exercises from the books that differ across editions.
Graff, G., & Birkenstein, C. (2014)they say/I say: The moves that matter in academic writing (3rd Edition). New York, NY: W. W. Norton
Williams, J. M., & Bizup, J. (2017). Style: Lessons in clarity and grace (12th Edition). Boston, MA: Pearson

Computer Requirements:

Other Requirements:

Microsoft Teams desktop application - available through Purdue's Microsoft 365 subscription

ProEd Minimum Requirements: