Examples of Freshman Design Education

Sheri Sheppard, Rollie Jenison, Alice Agogino, Margot Brereton, Larry Bucciarelli, Jim Dally, John Demel, Clive Dym, Don Evans, Rolf Faste, Mark Henderson, Peter Minderman, John Mitchell, Adebisi Oladipupo, Melinda Piket-May, Robert Quinn, Tom Regan, Joe Wujek

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This paper looks at specific examples of how engineering programs around the United States are revising freshman year curricula to include engineering design. It builds on a companion paper [1] which provides a framework for viewing, interpreting and categorizing the various approaches to exposing freshman-level students to key design qualities. Example courses are grouped according to this framework, and similarities and differences in approaches are discussed The paper goes on to reflect upon some of the challenges that design education, particularly at the freshman level, present to instructors and students. These include needs for: re-evaluating the role of instructor; re-evaluating the role of students; providing students with meaningful (and 'doable') open-ended tasks; assessing student performance; and rescoping expectations of future instructors and how the freshman year meshes with sophomore activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-261
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Engineering


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