Judging for Themselves: How Students Practice Engineering Judgment

Jonathan Weedon
2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
The following case study describes and analyzes engineering judgment. The ethnography observes engineering students engaged in a design project and pays particular attention to how students make judgments. The analysis concludes that the practice of engineering judgment relies on displays to recognize and construct rhetorical tactics to satisfy the requirements of a task. This study connects to recent research in engineering education on the importance of displays 15, 16 for learning the design
more » ... learning the design process, and reveals the dynamics of displays for carrying out engineering judgment. Engineering judgment is a core competency for engineering practice. Philosophers, educators, practitioners, and historians agree that engineering judgment is necessary for ethical, sophisticated, and professional engineering practice 1, 2, 3, 4, ,5 . While scientific and mathematical knowledge undergirds engineering practice, and communication skills facilitate it, engineering judgment governs the appropriate and ethical application of engineering knowledge. The influential historian of technology, Eugene Ferguson, makes just this point to close his book, Engineering and the Mind's Eye:
doi:10.18260/p.25509 fatcat:mrpmldmslzfsdc27tpzpzb4tme