Promoting Reflection in Engineering Education

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

UW's Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education (CPREE) is co-led by HCDE Professors Cynthia Atman and Jennifer Turns.

In Spring 2014, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust granted $4.4 million to the University of Washington’s Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT) to establish the Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education (CPREE). The consortium, co-led by Human Centered Design & Engineering Professors Cynthia Atman and Jennifer Turns, was created with the goal of better preparing engineering undergraduate students for the contemporary challenges of the engineering profession. The consortium aims to enhance the use of reflection, a valuable component often left out of engineering curriculum, to improve the next generation of engineers in the workforce.  

"Reflection accelerates the learning that happens through experience, and so it is critical for preparing the next generation of engineers," said Atman.

CPREE has selected a diverse array of twelve schools to participate in the two-year study. Each school will collect data on 18,000 student experiences and the information will be used to create a field guide for each school—a manual about practicing reflection in engineering education that can be shared with schools of similar size and demographic representation.

The schools participating in the consortium are Arizona State University, Polytechnic School, in Mesa, Arizona; Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington; California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California; Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York; Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington; Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; Highline College in Des Moines, Washington; Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana; Seattle Central College in Seattle; Seattle University in Seattle; Stanford University in Palo Alto, California; and the University of Washington.

Read the full story on the UW College of Engineering website: 12 Higher Education Schools Team up to Promote Reflection in Learning.