Accession Number : ADA291327

Title :   NASA/DoD Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion Research Project. Report Number 27. The Technical Communication Practices of Engineering and Science Students: Results of the Phase 3 Academic Surveys.

Descriptive Note : Technical memo.,

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

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

PDF Url : ADA291327

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 91

Abstract : This report describes similarities and differences between undergraduate and graduate engineering science 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 or a scientist, current satisfaction with that choice, and career-related goals and objectives. Second, we look at the technical communication practices, habits, and training of engineers and science (Physics) students. The reported data were obtained from a survey of students enrolled in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bowling Green State University, and Texas A&M University. The survey was undertaken as part 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 SYSTEMS, *STUDENTS, DATA BASES, DECISION MAKING, INFORMATION TRANSFER, EDUCATION, SKILLS, SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, COMPARISON, DEMOGRAPHY, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, CAREERS, SURVEYS, INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, ENGINEERS, COMPUTER NETWORKS, LIBRARIES, HABITS, SCIENTISTS, GRADUATES, FOREIGN LANGUAGES.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE