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A model for transforming engineering education through group learning

A model for transforming engineering education through group learning

Year: 2013

Section: Learning

Editor: John Lawlor, Ger Reilly, Robert Simpson, Michael Ring, Ahmed Kovacevic, Mark McGrath, William Ion, David Tormey, Erik Bohemia, Chris McMahon, Brian Parkinson

Author: Chance, Shannon Massie (1); Duffy, Gavin (2); Bowe, Brian (2); Murphy, Mike (2); Duggan, Tony (3)

Series: E&PDE

Institution: 1. Hampton University, United States of America; Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland; 3. Hauste Group

Section: Learning

Pages: 740-745

ISBN: 978-1-904670-42-1

Abstract

Engineering educators at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) have successfully implemented pedagogical change. They now use group-based, student-centred, inquiry-driven approaches in each year of their electrical engineering programmes. Their objective is to foster students’ professional and personal skills (e.g., teamwork, communication, creativity, critical thinking, ethics, self-directed learning). This paper explores how change was achieved. It provides graphic models that extend the authors’ prior research by incorporating the standard adoption of innovation curve. Results indicate that top-down capacity-building programmes and policies stimulated bottom-up change— transformative change initiated by a group of individuals working closely with a champion and a sage advisor. Leaders at DIT are beginning to promote wider and deeper transformation by introducing the change model into new contexts.

Keywords: Learning groups, organizational change, change theory, change models

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E&PDE13 Fifteenth International Conference on Engineering and Product Design EducationDesign Education - Growing our Future The 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education Conference will be organised by the School of Manufacturing & Design Engineering, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), in participation with the Design Education Special Interest Group (DESIG) of the Design Society and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). The conference will bring together representatives from education, design practice, industry and government agencies...

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