Motivating Students Towards Professional Thinkingby Joseph M. DeSalvo, (F.ASCE), Part.; Joseph S. Ward & Assocs., Consulting Engrs., Caldwell, N.J.,
Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 1, Pg. 47-51
Document Type: Journal Paper
Abstract: Professionalism is an important part of the student's training and his success or failure as a practicing engineer depends heavily on how well he has learned professionalism in his developing years. This places a great burden of responsibility on the educator who, if he is to teach professionalism, must himself think and behave as a professional and who must be practically oriented. The environment established by the educator is the real motivation. To attain the goal of motivating students towards professional thinking, a communication should be maintained between the college, graduate engineers, and industry so that the college's successes and failures can be monitored and corrective actions can be taken where necessary. Such a communication is apt to strengthen the cooperation between education and practice so that these two elements, in concert, will more effectively prepare the young engineer for the professional life.
Subject Headings: Motivation | Professional development | Failure analysis | Students | Colleges and universities | Training | Industries | Team building
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