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The Department of Engineering Education (EED) is a newly formed unit at The Ohio State University. Our tenure-track and clinical faculty are conducting groundbreaking research in many areas, including:
Diversity and Inclusion
Research in this area examines factors contributing to and impacts from underrepresentation groups in engineering.
- Underrepresented students
Research in this area examines the development and assessment of design in engineering students and professionals.
- Design practice
- Design projects
- Design thinking
- Customer-centered design
- Industry sponsors
- Capstone projects
Professional Development of Engineers
Research in this area examines factors in the development of engineers as professionals.
- Business Thinking
- Collaborative processes
- Engineering leadership
- Entrepreneurial-minded learning
- Professional Development
- Spatial Ability
- First year
- Graduate Education
Pedagogies, Assessment, and Evaluation
Research in this area examines classroom practices and on measuring the impact of these practices on student learning, motivation, and attitudes.
- Project-based learning
- Student assessment
- Mixed methods
- Authentic learning
- Conceptual Understanding
- Informal learning
- Intersection of motivation and identity
- Problem solving
- Student impact of institutional change
- Student attitudes
Research in this area examines best practices in developing and assessing communication skills in engineering students.
- Writing across the curriculum
- Writing pedagogy
Research in this area examines engineering in a broader cultural context and examines the educational practices that will instill this understanding in engineering students.
- Cultural studies
- Commercialization of educational innovations
- Community engagement and outreach
- Global and international engineering education
- Museum studies
Engineering in P-12
Research in this area examines P-12 students and teachers as they relate to engineering.
- Teacher development
In addition to taking courses and conducting research with the EED’s internationally recognized faculty, OSU graduate students have the opportunity to contribute to the development and direction of a growing department.
The research currently being performed within the EED seeks to answer these important questions.
● What factors provide for the success of our graduate teaching assistants?
● How can we better understand diversity and inclusion of engineering on a systematic level and at global scale?
● How can we train our engineers to be effective communicators?
● What is the impact of engineering students in society and on the workforce?
● How can we improve awareness, access, and retention of those underrepresented within engineering?
Our department is poised to develop research outcomes that will be a driving force for positive evidence-based change.