Curriculum development and educational research: the barriers to good practice and what to do about them

Jolly, Lesley and Brodie, Lyn and Prpic, Juliana Kaya and Crosthwaite, Caroline and Kavanagh, Lydia and Buys, Laurie (2012) Curriculum development and educational research: the barriers to good practice and what to do about them. In: 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference (AaeE 2012): The Profession of Engineering Education: Advancing Teaching, Research and Careers, 2-5 Dec 2012, Melbourne, Australia.

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Curriculum change is acknowledged to be a difficult process to initiate and maintain (Graham 2012). Over the last two years we conducted an ALTC-funded evaluation of the use of the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Challenge projects in first-year engineering. We asked the question 'what works for whom under what circumstances' in recognition of the complexity of curriculum development, and given that different aspects of the process play out differently in different settings. Phase 2 of the project involved three University participants' trialling implementation recommendations resulting from the earlier stage of the evaluation. Results indicate that knowledge of best practice methods does not always directly relate to successful implementation. Thus, consideration needs to be given regarding how knowledge is translated into practice.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Jolly, L., Brodie, L., Prpic, J.K., Crosthwaite, C., Kavanagh, L., Buys, L. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 00:16
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2017 03:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: curriculum change; evaluation; embedding best practice; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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