Transforming Graduate Education in Transportation Engineering: Applying Cognitive Apprenticeship to Translate Doctoral Student Skills from Research-to-Practice

Although academic research in transportation engineering already focuses on implementation, gaps remain in the business and leadership skills Ph.D. students need to practice in top transportation consultancy firms and government agencies. Doctoral students develop technical expertise in academic research competencies but may not understand how to scale and adjust these skills for industry roles.

To make this emphasis on interaction with the transportation industry part of the doctoral curriculum, the researchers are implementing a mental model known as cognitive apprenticeship.


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