Papers Published

  1. Lorente, S. and Araujo, G.L. and Meza, R., Academic failure in the first school year of the telecommunications school of the “Universidad Politecnica de Madrid”, Proceedings. Frontiers in Education. Twenty-Third Annual Conference. Engineering Education: Renewing America's Technology (Cat. No.93CH3373-8) (1993), pp. 326 - 31 [FIE.1993.405509] .
    (last updated on 2007/04/06)

    The factors that may explain academic failure among the first-year students of the Telecommunications Engineering School of the “Universidad Politecnica de Madrid” have been investigated. The main source of data have been: (1) research carried out by the Unit of Research and Documentation (GED), (2) a survey conducted among first year students of the School, and (3) group discussions and in-depth interviews with students and professors. The academic failure appears to have three causes. The first consists in a two-fold gap between the secondary level and the university level: (a) a gap in the curricular continuum and (b) a gap in the environmental conditions. The second cause lies in the first-year curricular inadequacy for an engineering career. The third cause could be expressed as a fundamental lack of coordination in the teaching of the five subjects of the first year

    educational courses;telecommunication engineering education;