Educating a new engineer

  title={Educating a new engineer},
  author={Peter J. Denning},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  • P. Denning
  • Published 1 December 1992
  • Education
  • Commun. ACM
University education is experiencing an enormous breakdown. An increasing number of students, employers, faculty, business executives, management specialists , public officials, and taxpayers have declared their dissatisfaction with the education and research that is aw " able in most of our universities. Commentators say we do not know how to educate graduates who know how to succeed in the new kinds of organizations and shifting worldwide markets that are emerging. These complaints have a… 

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    Commun. ACM
  • 2001
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  • P. AmmannA. Offutt
  • Education
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  • S. DorchakJ. KeaneW. F. Conroy
  • Computer Science, Education
    IPCC 98. Contemporary Renaissance: Changing the Way we Communicate. Proceedings 1998 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (Cat. No.98CH36332)
  • 1998
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