Interdisciplinary and Professional Development Outside of the Classroom

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The need to solve 21st century problems has driven higher education institutions to change how they educate engineers. Interdisciplinary (ID) curricular and co-curricular programs have shown promise for developing professional skills in students that prepare them to solve 21st century problems; however, there is still much to be understood about how these programs prepare students to succeed in the current workforce. This project proposes a longitudinal, qualitative study to deeply examine ID student development through two programs outside of the classroom (co-curriculars), specifically seeking to identify features of the experience that promote ID development and examining how ID development relates to biomedical engineering career preparedness. This study has potential to provide insights into previously unexamined features of co-curricular environments that develop students' ID competence, as well as critically examines the assumption that ID development prepares students for a professional engineering workplace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728117461
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019 - Covington, United States
Duration: Oct 16 2019Oct 19 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Conference49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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