Service learning as a strategy for engineering education for the 21st century

Edmund Tsang, C. Dianne Martin, Rand Decker

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Service learning is an effective strategy to enable engineering schools to attain the objectives outlined in recent reports on reforming the undergraduate engineering curriculum for the 21st Century. Service learning is a method under which students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized activities that are conducted in and meet the needs of a community. The objective of this paper is to introduce readers to the possibility of service learning as a viable pedagogic method in undergraduate engineering education. Courses from three different engineering curricula are described in this paper to illustrate how service learning can be integrated in a wide variety of courses in the engineering discipline. Service learning as a pedagogy can be used to enhance student learning while building university-community ties and addressing the many education, health and environmental needs in our community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 ASEE Annual Conference - Milwaukee, WI, USA
Duration: Jun 15 1997Jun 18 1997


OtherProceedings of the 1997 ASEE Annual Conference
CityMilwaukee, WI, USA


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Tsang, E., Martin, C. D., & Decker, R. (1997). Service learning as a strategy for engineering education for the 21st century. In ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings ASEE.