One of the first aspects of British engineering education that stuck out throughout the readings was the fact that engineering began from masonry and craftsmanship. This means, as Morice states, the "profession has traditionally been via the indentured pupil learning on-the-job" (Morice 1). The tradition of hands on work that engineers in Britain partake in, although it began a couple hundred years ago, still has yet to fade from their curriculum. The "‘sandwich’ type involving an interweaving of the 3 years of academic study amongst quite long periods-up-to a year-of working industry" (Morice 3) is a clear sign that this practice is still prevalent today. The French, on the other hand, have a curriculum more based on theoretical studies where they make students take more years of math and science whilst sacrificing the benefits of hands on lab type experience. The French also have a more individualistic view in the working field and this helps to promote the lack of productivity. The British have moved
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2010 for the course ENGE 1214 at Virginia Tech.