Developing an inclusive stakeholder consultation process: a case study

Dowling, David and Hadgraft, Roger and Lamborn, Julia (2011) Developing an inclusive stakeholder consultation process: a case study. In: 22nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AaeE 2011): Developing Engineers for Social Justice: Community Involvement, Ethics & Sustainability, 5-7 Dec 2011, Fremantle, Australia.

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One of the two aims of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) funded Define Your Discipline (DYD) project is to develop an efficient, inclusive, simple and systematic stakeholder consultation process that can be used by discipline stakeholders to define their discipline. During 2010 the DYD stakeholder consultation process was developed and then trialled nationally to develop a draft set of Graduate Outcomes for the environmental engineering discipline.
The first part of the paper describes the DYD stakeholder consultation process which uses both divergent and convergent strategies to ensure that the individual voices of the participants are captured, as well as group perspectives. Data was gathered on the tasks undertaken by graduates during their first two or three years of practice. Once the 2010 stakeholder consultation workshops had been completed the data were synthesised to define a draft set of Graduate Outcomes for the discipline. Two different types of workshop are being used during 2011 to refine the draft set of Graduate Outcomes.
Throughout this process each outcome remains linked to all of the identified tasks from which it was derived, and the people who submitted those tasks. Thus, the project team can review the importance of the contributions from the various groups of participants (such as academics, graduates and practitioners) as well as some of the characteristics of those groups such as location, and gender.
The second part of the paper discusses the feedback received from members of the stakeholder groups who participated in the DYD stakeholder consultation process: 50 of the 110 workshop participants; the project team; and the client - the Environmental Engineering College Board. Overall, the feedback from all parties was very positive. The feedback from the 2010 workshops was used to fine-tune the DYD consultation process for the 2011 workshops.

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Additional Information: © 2011 David Dowling, Roger Hadgraft and Julia Lamborn. Copyright resides with the authors' and/or their employing or funding institutions. Other than brief abstracts, no part of this publication may be produced in any form without the consent of the authors. Paper 120.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 05:17
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2017 04:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: stakeholder consultation; graduate outcomes; stakeholder perspectives
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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