Published in Proceedings of the 36th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: San Diego, CA, October 28, 2006, pages 21-22.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2006.322541.
Classical ballet technique relies on mastery of the five basic positions of the feet. Every movement in classical ballet goes through one or more of these positions. The positions are practiced in class, used in choreography, and become second nature in performance on stage. Engineering may have a similar context. These engineering “positions” are not just the foundational coursework leading up to an engineering degree such as mathematics, chemistry, or physics. Rather, the positions are aspects of engineering that a practicing engineer routinely does to successfully perform as engineers. The engineering positions discussed are: question, analyze, team, write, and speak. We believe these positions need to be included and practiced in engineering classes because they are the essence of engineering practice and performance.
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