The Role of Rhetoric in Engineering Judgment

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—Introduction: ABET has approved changes to the EAC’s Criteria 3 that will take effect for the 2019-2020 accreditation cycle. Among many changes and rearrangements is the introduction of the term “engineering judgment” as one of the competencies that students must develop to prepare for professional engineering. Literature Review: However, engineering judgment is not defined in the criteria, and although it is a ubiquitous concept in the philosophy of engineering and engineering education, little empirical investigation has been undertaken into the practice of engineering judgment. And there is even less conceptual or empirical investigation into communication’s role in the practice of engineering judgment. Research Questions: 1. What does engineering judgment look like in practice? 2. How does the sociotechnical situation affect engineering judgment? 3. What role does rhetoric have, not only in communicating judgments, but in forming them as well? 4. How can teachers and practitione
Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions of Professional Communication
StatePublished - Jul 2019


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