Improving Bioengineering Student Leadership Identity Via Training and Practice within the Core-Course

David M. Rosch, P. I. Imoukhuede

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The development of a leadership identity has become significant in bioengineering education as a result of an increasing emphasis on teamwork within the profession and corresponding shifts in accreditation criteria. Unsurprisingly, placing bioengineering students in teams to complete classroom-based projects has become a dominant pedagogical tool. However, recent research indicates that engineering students may not develop a leadership identity, much less increased leadership capacity, as a result of such efforts. Within this study, we assessed two similar sections of an introductory course in bioengineering; each placed students in teams, while one also included leadership training and leadership practice. Results suggest that students in the leadership intervention section developed a strong self-image of themselves as leaders compared to students in the control section. These data suggest that creating mechanisms for bioengineering students to be trained in leadership and to practice leadership behaviors within a classroom team may be keys for unlocking leadership development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3606-3618
Number of pages13
JournalAnnals of Biomedical Engineering
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Core-course
  • Engineering education
  • Leadership development
  • Sophomore
  • StrengthsFinder
  • Teambuilding
  • Undergraduate education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering


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