Learning to Communicate in Science and Engineering: Case Studies from MIT

Learning to Communicate in Science and Engineering: Case Studies from MIT

by Mya Poe, Neal Lerner, Jennifer Craig
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262162474

ISBN-13: 9780262162470

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: MIT Press

To many science and engineering students, the task of writing may seem irrelevant to their future professional careers. At MIT, however, students discover that writing about their technical work is important not only in solving real-world problems but also in developing their professional identities. MIT puts into practice the belief that "engineers who don't write

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To many science and engineering students, the task of writing may seem irrelevant to their future professional careers. At MIT, however, students discover that writing about their technical work is important not only in solving real-world problems but also in developing their professional identities. MIT puts into practice the belief that "engineers who don't write well end up working for engineers who do write well," requiring all students to take "communications-intensive" classes in which they learn from MIT faculty and writing instructors how to express their ideas in writing and in presentations.

Students are challenged not only to think like professional scientists and engineers but also to communicate like them.This book offers in-depth case studies and pedagogical strategies from a range of science and engineering communication-intensive classes at MIT. It traces the progress of seventeen students from diverse backgrounds in seven classes that span five departments. Undergraduates in biology attempt to turn scientific findings into a research article; graduate students learn to define their research for scientific grant writing; undergraduates in biomedical engineering learn to use data as evidence; and students in aeronautic and astronautic engineering learn to communicate collaboratively. Each case study is introduced by a description of its theoretical and curricular context and an outline of the objectives for the students' activities. The studies describe the on-the-ground realities of working with faculty, staff, and students to achieve communication and course goals, offering lessons that can be easily applied to a wide variety of settings and institutions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262162470
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,419,172
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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