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This report summarizes the Engineering Curriculum Transformation Project (ECTP) instituted at the University of Maryland during the 1995-1996 academic year. This initiative focused on facilitating the development of engineering course curricula based on diverse learning styles, more inclusive examples, and the incorporation of diversity and societal issues into the classroom. The report explores the following topics in depth: rationale for curriculum transformation, recruitment of participants, fall semester initiatives, spring semester implementation, program evaluation, preliminary outcomes, and plans for future initiatives in engineering curriculum transformation. Findings of various studies related to curriculum transformation suggested that the most effective structure for implementing the start-up initiative would be the conducting of intensive faculty seminars addressing curriculum change. During the Spring 1995 semester, information on ECTP was disseminated to engineering faculty and six seminars on curriculum transformation were held during the Fall 1995 semester. Two follow-up workshops during Spring 1996 examined what had and had not worked in the participants' revised courses. An evaluation survey revealed that faculty felt the project was a success in providing participants with new knowledge and skills concerning inclusiveness in the classroom and teaching styles.(CK)

Descriptors: Change Strategies, Cognitive Style, College Faculty, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Engineering Education, Higher Education, Multicultural Education, Outcomes of Education, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Seminars, Student Participation, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Role, Teaching Styles

Author: Vest, Jennifer L.; And Others


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