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Abstract Title: Impact of industry experience on faculty teaching practices in STEM
Abstract: As part of a larger study of how problem-solving, communication, and teamwork are integrated into STEM education, we examined how the amount of industrial work experience affected faculty teaching practices around those same competencies. We conducted semi-structured individual interviews with 85 instructors in four broad fields, including energy, healthcare, computing, and advanced manufacturing. Interviewee's industrial experience ranged from no prior experience to a decade or more of industrial experience, which largely depended on STEM field.  Many instructors described ways in which their teaching practices were strongly guided by prior industrial experience. For example, instructors who worked in the oil industry for many years discussed in detail the types of communication going on in the industry, which guided how they integrated communication into their classroom teaching. However, instructors with little or no industrial work experience more commonly taught students based on their past classroom experience or current professional development training.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B83
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dehui Hu
Rochester Institute of Technology
46 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
and Co-Presenter(s)
Benjamin M Zwickl, Rochester Institute of Technology