Service-learning in engineering education

Many engineering educators see service-learning as the solution to several prevalent problems in engineering education today.wikipedia
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Engineering education

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However, after decades of rising focus on science engineering, undergraduate engineering education began to lack instruction on practical engineering applications.
Service-learning in engineering education is gaining popularity within the variety of disciplinary focuses within engineering education including chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, architectural engineering, and other engineering education.

Service-learning

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Many engineering educators see service-learning as the solution to several prevalent problems in engineering education today.

Constructivism (philosophy of education)

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Educators see service-learning as a way to both implement a constructivism in engineering education as well as match the teaching styles to the learning styles of typical engineering students.

ABET

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These values are reflected in the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) standards for engineering schools.

Epistemology

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While accepted by many, some educators have criticized constructivism both epistemologically and pedagogically.

Learning styles

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In past years, studies on engineering education revealed the learning styles of most engineering students and the teaching styles of many engineering professors were incompatible.

Collaborative partnership

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Long-term, sustainable, collaborative partnerships are formed with host universities and marginalized communities.

Clemson University

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Clemson University also hosts Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC), a multi-level immersive student-led organization and class that provides Clemson students of any major with service-learning and project experience.

Haiti

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The program also features multidisciplinary teams of 2–4 student interns who live in Haiti year- round, fall and spring break trips to Haiti for groups of 10–14 students to collect data for their projects, and a course at Clemson University for students to work on their multi-semester projects.

Partners In Health

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The program has designed and managed over $2 million in construction projects in Haiti, all with direct oversight and management from the CEDC interns who are housed by Partners in Health.

Cange, Haiti

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To date, CEDC students have implemented projects all over Haiti's rural Central Plateau (including several in Cange), which include several water systems, a fish hatchery, a biodigester system, and repairing public schools.

Anaerobic digestion

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To date, CEDC students have implemented projects all over Haiti's rural Central Plateau (including several in Cange), which include several water systems, a fish hatchery, a biodigester system, and repairing public schools.

Association for Computing Machinery

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The ACM Code of Ethics lists contributing to society and human well-being as well as improving public understanding of an engineer's practice area.

Learn and Serve America

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