This chapter describes several aspects of engineering education research with an emphasis on how they might relate to computing education research. We briefly summarize the history of engineering education as a scholarly field, and we describe the current structures that support engineering education research: academic departments, scholarly journals, annual conferences, and professional societies. We identify the theories that often inform engineering education research studies, including theories of cognition, motivation, and identity. We explain how quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods have been used. We summarize the results of an illustrative selection of empirical studies across a broad range of topics, including instructional methods, student development, faculty teaching practices, diversity, and assessment. Finally, we outline some similarities and differences between computing education research and engineering education research. Engineering education research has a longer history of research in professional development and assessment but an arguably shorter history in pre-college education and less international integration than computing education research.
ABET, assessment, cognition, design, discipline-based education research (DBER), diversity, engineering, epistemology, identity, motivation
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Published as Loui, M. C., & Borrego, M. (2019). Engineering education research. In S. A. Fincher & A. V. Robins, eds., The Cambridge Handbook of Computing Education Research. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 292–321.