Jolly, Lesley and Crosthwaite, Caroline and Brodie, Lyn and Kavanagh, Lydia and Buys, Laurie (2011) The impact of curriculum content in fostering inclusive engineering: data from a national evaluation of the use of EWB projects in first year engineering. In: AaeE 2011: Developing Engineers for Social Justice: Community Involvement, Ethics and Sustainability, 5-7 Dec 2011, Fremantle, Western Australia.
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The year of Humanitarian Engineering draws our attention to the need to develop engineers who are not just technically competent but who can effectively address the needs of communities, maintain their ethical responsibilities, and take sustainability into consideration. This is what we understand by inclusive engineering. One approach to introducing such considerations into the curriculum has been the widespread use of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) projects in development settings as first year learning opportunities. We are evaluating different uses of these projects in 13 universities around Australia and New Zealand using a program logic data gathering methodology and a critical realist analytic approach to answer the research question 'what works for whom under what circumstances?' In this paper we will concentrate mainly on one of these sites The University of Queensland. Data reveals that the EWB projects have great potential for raising issues of community involvement, ethics and sustainability but that the content of projects alone cannot guarantee that such objectives are addressed. Contextual factors, including: the focus of the course (e.g. professional development versus design), the attitudes of staff, and the pedagogy used all contribute to the successful pursuit of non-technical objectives. Projects with little obvious humanitarian or inclusive content such as one for long-wall supports in mining were found to foster context-sensitive approaches. In addition to project content, educators who are seeking to develop humanitarian and inclusive engineers need to pay attention to consistently expressed goals and values amongst the teaching team and the alignment of assessment (in style and weighting) with clearly stated learning goals.
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|Additional Information:||Paper 203. Copyright © 2011 Jolly, L., Crosthwaite, C., Brodie, L., Kavanagh, L., Buys, L. The authors assign to AaeE and educational nonprofit institutions a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a non-exclusive licence to AaeE to publish this document in full on the World Wide Web (prime sites and mirrors) on CD-ROM or USB, and in printed form within the AaeE 2011 conference proceedings. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||curriculum; Engineers Without Borders; EWB; program logic|
|Depositing User:||Ms Lyn Brodie|
|Date Deposited:||22 Mar 2012 00:17|
|Last Modified:||03 Jul 2013 00:58|
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