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  • 1.
    • Engineering Education: Learning Engineering in Higher Education and Schools
    • Professor Peter Kutnick (Education), Dr Rosanna Chan (Education), Dr Alfred Yu (Engineering)
  • 2. Initial Problems
    • Engineering: Need for increased number of engineers at technical and higher education levels
    • Engineering: Hong Kong drop-off in number of local Engineering students in HE
    • School and Engineering: What is being taught does not match with current needs of society
    • School and Engineering: Teacher expectation clash with student expectation
    • Engineering industry: Good will but ‘hit and miss’ initiatives in schools
  • 3. Engineering approaches to resolving the problem
    • Often led by University-based Engineering Professors
    • Know what and who has succeeded in Engineering but not what stimulated that interest
    • Tendency to focus on (school) students who have already decided to become Engineers (leakage control)
    • At school level, these students are (at least) in 5 th or 6 th form
    • At university level, overly didactic teaching methods, emphasising rote learning, etc.
  • 4. School-based approaches to resolving the problem
    • Realisation of need to increase students with STeM interests
    • Student career aspiration and course choice takes place before formal engineering courses are offered
    • Engineering experiences in schools likely to be non-pedagogically planned (non-experiential learning) and often taking place in competitive and exclusive student groups
    • We do acknowledge, though, that is is much good will from educators, industry and HE in the provision of Engineering Education opportunities
  • 5. The Role of the SRT: Sciences of Learning
    • Has allowed the opportunity to bring together current thinking and research from Engineering and Educational perspectives
    • Engineering:
      • Knowledge of Engineering curriculum
      • Applications of Engineering knowledge
      • Teamwork, Efficacy, Entrepeneurship and Professionalism
    • Education:
      • Pedagogy, experiential learning, etc.
      • Career development and identity
      • Formal knowledge versus problem-based learning
  • 6. Learning Engineering in Higher Education
    • Assessment for engineering learning: Assessing Student Collaboration and Learning in Medical Engineering from the Perspectives of Structures, Behaviours, and Functions
    • Design, development, and implementation of interdisciplinary learning in Engineering: HKU Common Core - Technologies Designed for the Developing World
    • Learning Sciences and Engineering Education:
      • Inquiry-based learning: Engineering Undergraduates Learning Computer System Modeling in a Constructivist Learning Environment
      • Expertise in Engineering Learning: Examining Engineering Students' Collaborative Inquiry of Computer Systems
  • 7. Learning Engineering in Higher Education
    • Assessment for engineering learning
      • Structure-behavior-function model for assessing engineering student collaborative learning (Hierarchal-Level model analysis)
      • Results presented at AERA and International Conference on Learning Sciences
  • 8. Learning Engineering in Higher Education
    • Design, development, and implementation of interdisciplinary learning in HKU Common Core - Technologies Designed for the Developing World
  • 9. Learning Engineering in Higher Education
    • International Award-Winning Teaching Pedagogy
      • 2010 IEEE Real-World Engineering Project
      • Topic: Biomedical instrumentation
      • Project aim: Develop an ECG amplifier circuit from scratch
      • Inquiry-based learning + hands-on design
  • 10. Learning Engineering in Schools
    • Understanding the use and application of engineering education in secondary schools
      • Large-scale questionnaire study of student involvement and perception of engineering including aspects of teamwork, entrepreneurship, courses undertaken and social supports
      • Interviews with teachers
      • Comparisons between engineering intensive v non-intensive schools
    • Compare with UK, especially London Engineering Project Schools
    • Potential comparison to China – introduction of global and cultural identities
  • 11. Implications for Engineering Education (via the SRT)
    • Pedagogies and Student Learning
      • Inquiry
      • Experiential
      • Social Context of Engineering Learning
    • Assessment
    • Understanding career choice and development
    • Engineering within cultural contexts