- 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)
pp. 326 - 31 [FIE.1993.405509] .
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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
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