Accession Number : ADA291842

Title :   NASA/DoD Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion Research Project. The Technical Communication Practices of Aerospace Engineering and Science Students: Results of the Phase 4 Cross-National Surveys.

Descriptive Note : Rept. no. 28,

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 : ADA291842

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 88

Abstract : This report describes similarities and differences between undergraduate and graduate aerospace engineering and 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 aerospace engineer or a scientist, current satisfaction with that choice, and career-related goals and objectives. Second, we look at the technical communication skills, practices, habits, and training of aerospace engineering and science students. The reported data were obtained from a survey of students enrolled in aerospace engineering and science programs at universities in India, Japan, Russia, and the United Kingdom. The surveys were 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.

Descriptors :   *SKILLS, *STUDENTS, *TRAINING, *ENGINEERS, *AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING, *SCIENTISTS, INDIA, USSR, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, EDUCATION, NETWORKS, DEMOGRAPHY, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, JAPAN, AEROSPACE SYSTEMS, SURVEYS, COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, UNIVERSITIES, LIBRARIES, GREAT BRITAIN, HABITS, FOREIGN LANGUAGES.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE