Review of CDIO research in China: From 2005 to 2011

Yanqing Wang, Zhongying Qi, Ziru Li, Jie Yu, Yuying Zhai

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After more than 10 years' progress, Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) is now a successful and well-accepted engineering education model worldwide. A process of engineering education reform has existed in China, including a strategy for adopting CDIO, since 2001. Through, for example, scientometrics and social network analysis, 512 CDIO-related papers by Chinese scholars from 2005 to 2011 were analysed to grasp how CDIO has developed in China. The outcomes on CDIO were studied from the numbers of papers a year, involvement of university groups, numbers of cited papers, etc. Also, the co-occurrence network of CDIO-related keywords was constructed and analysed. Taking Shantou University as an example, the contribution by Chinese scholars was analysed from the introduction, implementation and innovation aspects. Finally, some problems hindering CDIO development in China are addressed and suggestions for institutes, government and industry are proposed to help promote the development of engineering education in China, as well as in other developing countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-76
Number of pages7
JournalWorld Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Engineering


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