Lifelong Learning for Engineers and Scientists in the Information Age


  • Ashok Naimpally, Fresno City College, Fresno, CA, USA
  • Hema Ramachandran, CSULB, Long Beach, CA, USA
  • Caroline Smith, UNLV Libraries, Las Vegas, NV, USA

The book provides a comprehensive review of lifelong learning, information literacy and internships including assessment techniques for lifelong learning, teamwork and information literacy as defined by the ABET criteria. It also discusses critical thinking skills for scientists and engineers and their role in lifelong learning in the information age.

It will be invaluable for:

  • Engineering educators including librarians interested in developing programs to satisfy the ABET criteria for lifelong learning and teamwork.
  • Engineering librarians developing programs and assessment tools for information literacy using online databases and the Internet.
  • Engineering educators and career advisors interested in developing internship programs in engineering. An internship is defined as work performed in an industrial setting that provides practical experience and adds value to the classroom and research learning processes. This book will cover all aspects involved in administering internship and cooperative education programs.
  • Employers of interns will find useful information on needs assessment, program development, evaluation and the importance of lifelong learning; and,
  • Science and engineering educators interested in developing critical thinking skills in their students as an aid to developing lifelong learning skills especially given the challenges in the digital age.

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Universities - faculty, students, librarians, career counselors; engineers and scientists; industrial executives and consulting firms; executive search firms


Book information

  • Published: December 2011
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-385214-4

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Definitions of lifelong learning and how they relate to the engineering profession

3. Accreditation of engineering programs and their relationship to lifelong learning

4. Information literacy and lifelong learning

5. Creativity in engineering, information literacy and communication patterns of engineering

6. Designing information literacy assignments

7. Information literacy and assessment

8. Internships

9. Learning Contract

10. Evaluation of Internships

11. Information literacy and career skills

12. Conclusion