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Title: "I Thought It Was Pretty Good": Student Perceptions of Communication Effectiveness PDF
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Creator: Kedrowicz, April A.
Kvidal, Trine
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education
Description: Engineering students, though technically, competent, are graduating without the necessary personal skills to be effective in the workplace. That is, they are lacking competence when it comes to communication skills. To improve engineering students' communication skills, interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty and graduate students in the College of Engineering and the College of Humanities fosters an atmosphere whereby students learn technical, engineering science through communication. Specifically, students are required to give oral presentations, write technical reports and proposals, and work in teams in an effort to hone interpersonal and leadership skills. With respect to oral presentations, students give formal team presentations in several different, required courses. The audience ranges from the course professor and graduate teaching assistants only, to the entire class of 60 plus students. All presentations are video-taped. Students are then required to meet with a communication consultant to view their video-taped presentation, and receive oral and written feedback. Through previous experiences providing said feedback, it has become apparent that students provide various attributions for behavior. Specifically, students are quick to offer external attributions (luck, task, situation) for unsatisfactory performance. The purpose of this research is to more closely examine students' expressed attributions for both satisfactory and unsatisfactory performance, and to determine, what, if any, relationship exists between students' perceptions of the feedback experience and expressed attributions. The results will facilitate understanding of how students make sense of individual and team performance, as well as how they perceive the offering of feedback. We will work toward understanding how these interpretations further influence student learning and future performance.
LC Classification: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Education -- Special topics, A-Z -- Communication
Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Education -- Special topics, A-Z -- Engineering education
Technology -- Engineering (General). Civil engineering -- Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) -- Communication in engineering
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Science -- Instructional issues
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Teaching Guides
Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Secondary Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
University Second Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: American Society for Engineering Education
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2011-07-14 03:00:03 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-13 16:19:11 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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