Students with Differing Design Processes as Freshmen: Case Studies on Change

Monica E. Cardella
Purdue University, Department of Engineering Education
701 West Stadium Avenue, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045
E-mail: mcardell@purdue.edu

Cynthia J. Atman
Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching, University of Washington
Box 352183, Seattle, WA 98195-2180
E-mail: atman@engr.washington.edu

Jennifer Turns
Department of Technical Communication
University of Washington, CELT / Box 352180, Seattle, WA 98195-2180
E-mail: jturns@engr.washington.edu

Robin S. Adams
Purdue University, Department of Engineering Education
701 West Stadium Avenue, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045 USA
E-mail: rsadams@purdue.edu

Abstract:
Through descriptive data of students’ design processes at the beginning and end of an engineering programme, we provide insights into questions of: what changes do we see in individual engineering students design processes over the course and how might these design process changes prepare students to become `the global engineer’?

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