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Karl Smith



  • Higher Ed: Engineering, Researcher 


Karl A. Smith is Cooperative Learning Professor of Engineering Education, School of Engineering Education, at Purdue University West Lafayette. He has been at the University of Minnesota since 1972 and is in phased retirement as Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering. He has been actively involved in engineering education research and practice for over thirty years. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and past Chair of the Educational Research and Methods Division, and Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Research on Engineering Education. Karl has worked with thousands of faculty all over the world on pedagogies of engagement, especially cooperative learning, problem-based learning, and constructive controversy. He has co-written eight books including How to Model It: Problem Solving for the Computer Age, Active Learning: Cooperation in the College Classroom, 3rd Ed., Cooperative learning: Increasing college faculty instructional productivity; Strategies for energizing large classes: From small groups to learning communities; and Teamwork and project management, 3rd Ed.  


Engineering education research
Cooperative Learning
Constructive Controversy 


1. Smith, K. A., Cox, M., & Douglas, T. C. 2009. Supportive teaching and learning strategies in STEM education. In R. Baldwin, (Ed.). Improving the climate for undergraduate teaching in STEM fields. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 117, 19-32. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
2. Redish, E.F. and Smith K.A. 2008. Looking Beyond Content: Skill Development for Engineers. Journal of Engineering Education Special Issue, 97(3), 295-307.
3. Borrego, M., Streveler, R.A., Miller, R.L. and Smith, K.A. 2008. A new paradigm for a new field: Communicating representations of engineering education research. Journal of Engineering Education, 97(2), 147-162.
4. Johnson, D.W., Johnson, R.T., and Smith, K.A. 2007. The State Of Cooperative Learning In Postsecondary And Professional Settings. Educational Psychology Review, 19(1), 15-29.
5. Streveler, R., Borrego, M. and Smith, K.A. 2007. Moving from the "Scholarship of Teaching and Learning" to "Educational Research:" An Example from Engineering. Silver Anniversary Edition of To Improve the Academy, Vol. 25, 139-149.
6. Smith, K.A.*, Sheppard, S. D., Johnson, D.W., & Johnson, R.T. 2005. Pedagogies of engagement: Classroom-based practices. Journal of Engineering Education Special Issue on the State of the Art and Practice of Engineering Education Research, 94 (1), 87-102.