Engineering an education research field for sustainable rural futures: research priorities and outcomes for enhancing agricultural, digital and regional futures

Aravinthan, Thiru and Danaher, P. A. (2014) Engineering an education research field for sustainable rural futures: research priorities and outcomes for enhancing agricultural, digital and regional futures. In: 2nd Digital Rural Futures Conference 2014, 25-27 Jun 2014, Toowoomba, Australia.

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Engineering education is crucial to developing and graduating successful engineers whose work spans the sustainability of agricultural, digital and regional communities and hence contributes directly to the futures of those communities. Consequently it is vital that the field of engineering education research is as current and comprehensive as possible, in order to maximise the quality of engineering teaching and learning programs.
This paper deploys a recent evaluative framework for analysing the engineering education research field (Borrego & Bernhard, 2011) to interrogate selected elements of that field as they pertain to Australian undergraduate and postgraduate engineering education. In particular, the paper explores current themes in the literature related to curriculum, teaching and assessment practices; the acquisition of professional skills and graduate attributes; and issues of graduate employability and continuing professional development. This account highlights the engineering education research field as diverse, multifaceted, increasingly politicised and subject to the interplay of competing interests and multiple demands.
More widely, the authors argue that the themes elicited from the contemporary engineering education research field reflect significant research priorities and outcomes that are central to enhancing Australian and international agricultural, digital and regional communities. This is because successful graduates from engineering programs are integrally involved in envisaging, devising, testing and evaluating the technologies that underpin these varied domains of human activity. The sustainable and potentially transformative futures of these communities depends in large part on the effectiveness of the engineering programs and the research that informs them.

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2015 01:03
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2017 04:03
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091599 Interdisciplinary Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified

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