Creating an Instrument to Measure Leadership, Change, and Synthesis in Engineering Undergraduates

TitleCreating an Instrument to Measure Leadership, Change, and Synthesis in Engineering Undergraduates
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsAhn, B, Cox, MF, London, J, Cekic, O, Zhu, J
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Date Published2014
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10694730
KeywordsADAPTABILITY , change , ENGINEERING , instrument , Leadership , research , Study
Abstract Studies have highlighted the importance for engineers of leadership, adaptability to change, and synthesis of multiple perspectives. Yet only a few studies and instruments have explored the operational definitions of these concepts for engineering undergraduates. Purpose The goals of this research were to identify observable outcomes that engineering undergraduate students should demonstrate related to leadership, adaptability to change, and synthesis abilities and to create an instrument to assess them. The mixed methods approach resulted in the creation of 45 survey items categorized into four factors: Being an Engineering Leader, Engineer's Impact on Society and Economy, Engineering Leadership, and Development of an Adaptor to Change.  This study operationalized leadership, change, and synthesis within the context of engineering education. This operationalization may help to define learning outcomes and competencies for engineering leadership programs, and may provide faculty with an assessment tool for their students. Students may also use the tool to self-assess their leadership, change, and synthesis abilities.
NotesAhn, Benjamin 1 Cox, Monica F. 1 London, Jeremi 1 Cekic, Osman 2 Zhu, Jiabin 3; Affiliation: 1: Purdue University 2: Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University 3: Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Source Info: Jan2014, Vol. 103 Issue 1, p115; Subject Term: LEADERSHIP; Subject Term: RESEARCH; Subject Term: ADAPTABILITY (Psychology); Subject Term: ENGINEERING students -- Research; Subject Term: ENGINEERING; Subject Term: CHANGE management; Subject Term: STUDY & teaching (Higher); Author-Supplied Keyword: engineering; Author-Supplied Keyword: instrument development; Author-Supplied Keyword: leadership; Number of Pages: 22p; Document Type: Article