Transformative Engineering Education: The What, How, and Who

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Keynote panel address presented at SEFI Annual Conference 2009, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 1, 2009.

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Transformative Engineering Education: The What, How, and Who

  1. 1. Transformative Engineering Education: The What, How, and Who Brent K. Jesiek, Ph.D. School of Engineering Education School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN USA [email_address] SEFI Annual Conference 2009 – Rotterdam, The Netherlands – July 1, 2009
  2. 2. What are we trying to achieve? <ul><li>Transformative approaches to engineering learning and teaching that effectively prepare the: </li></ul><ul><li>engineer of 2020 </li></ul><ul><li>21 st century engineer </li></ul><ul><li>engineer of the future </li></ul><ul><li>[your favorite phrase] </li></ul>2
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  5. 5. How might we achieve transformative engineering education? 4 Ideas-to-Innovation Studio at Purdue University
  6. 6. How might we achieve transformative engineering education? <ul><li>Some possibilities: </li></ul><ul><li>problem- and project-based learning (PBL) </li></ul>4 Ideas-to-Innovation Studio at Purdue University
  7. 7. How might we achieve transformative engineering education? <ul><li>Some possibilities: </li></ul><ul><li>problem- and project-based learning (PBL) </li></ul><ul><li>global engineering education </li></ul>4 Ideas-to-Innovation Studio at Purdue University
  8. 8. How might we achieve transformative engineering education? <ul><li>Some possibilities: </li></ul><ul><li>problem- and project-based learning (PBL) </li></ul><ul><li>global engineering education </li></ul><ul><li>training engineers as sociotechnical scientists </li></ul>4 Ideas-to-Innovation Studio at Purdue University
  9. 9. Making Visible the Sociality of Design 5 <ul><li>“ Designing is a social process. … [D]esign is best seen as a social process of negotiation and consensus, a consensus somewhat awkwardly expressed in the final product.” – Louis Bucciarelli, Designing Engineers (1994) </li></ul><ul><li>“ The technical universe is a social universe that is less widely known than that of the Peul shepherds or the Jivaro Indians.” – Dominique Vinck, Everyday Engineering (2003) </li></ul>
  10. 10. © 1973 IEEE Ready Made Technology Engineering Design is Orderly, Hierarchical Engineers are Skilled Technical Professionals 6
  11. 11. © 1973 IEEE Ready Made Technology Technology in the Making Engineering Design is Orderly, Hierarchical Design Involves Chance, Disorder, Creativity Engineers are Skilled Technical Professionals Engineers are Sociotechnical Scientists 6
  12. 12. Learning the Sociality of Engineering Design <ul><li>Techniques/Methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Systems thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life-cycle analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews and focus groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participant observation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethnographic observation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teaching and learning contexts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Problems and projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-the-job training </li></ul></ul>7
  13. 13. Who will lead the transformation? (And how will we know it is working?) 8
  14. 14. 9 Within and Across Disciplines, Institutions, Countries, and Regions Transformative Cycles of Teaching, Research, Policymaking
  15. 15. Transformative Engineering Education: The What, How, and Who Brent K. Jesiek, Ph.D. School of Engineering Education School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN USA [email_address] SEFI Annual Conference 2009 – Rotterdam, The Netherlands – July 1, 2009

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