Accession Number : ADA291056

Title :   NASA/DoD Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion Research Project. The Technical Communication Practices of Aerospace Engineering Students: Results of the Phase 3 AIAA National Student Survey. Report Number 26.

Descriptive Note : Technical memo.,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION HAMPTON VA LANGLEY RESEARCH CEN TER

Personal Author(s) : Pinelli, Thomas E. ; Hecht, Laura M. ; Barclay, Rebecca O. ; Kennedy, John M.

PDF Url : ADA291056

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : This report describes similarities and differences between undergraduate and graduate engineering students in the context of two general aspects of the educational experience. First, we explore the extent to which students differ regarding the factors that lead to the choice of becoming an engineer, current satisfaction with that choice, and career-related goals and objectives. Second, we look at the technical communication practices, habits, and training of aerospace engineering students. The reported data were obtained from a survey of student members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The survey was undertaken as a phase 3 activity of the NASA/DoD Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion Research Project. Data are reported for the following categories: student demographics; skill importance, skill training, and skill helpfulness; collaborative writing; computer and information technology use and importance, use of electronic networks; use and importance of libraries and library services; use and importance of information sources and products; use of foreign language technical reports; and foreign language (reading and speaking) skills. (AN)

Descriptors :   *INFORMATION EXCHANGE, *STUDENTS, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, EDUCATION, SKILLS, TRAINING, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, DEMOGRAPHY, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, CAREERS, AEROSPACE SYSTEMS, SURVEYS, DATA ACQUISITION, ENGINEERS, COMPUTER NETWORKS, LIBRARIES, AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING, ASTRONAUTICS, HABITS, GRADUATES, FOREIGN LANGUAGES.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Information Science
      Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE