Interrogating the Value of Learning by Extension in Enhancing Professional Quality: The Case of Australian and Venezuelan Engineers

Thorpe, David and Anteliz, Emilio A. and Danaher, Patrick Alan ORCID: (2019) Interrogating the Value of Learning by Extension in Enhancing Professional Quality: The Case of Australian and Venezuelan Engineers. In: Ensuring quality in professional education volume II: engineering pedagogy and international knowledge structures. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 115-137. ISBN 978-3-030-01083-6


Extension learning is a particular form of continuing professional development enacted in agriculture, engineering and science, whereby already qualified and experienced practitioners engage in periods of formalised training in specific, currently topical areas of study, whether 'in the field' or 'off base' at a university or other training provider. This kind of learning by extension inevitably bears the traces of the historically constructed and the geopolitically mediated regional, national and provincial contexts in which it is experienced. This is certainly the situation with the exploratory, dual site case study presented in this chapter of the provision of postgraduate engineering education with a sustainability focus by the relevant school of engineering in an Australian university, and also of the provision of extension learning by a specialised section in the faculty of engineering in a Venezuelan university.

The analysis of these sites addresses the chapter’s research question: 'How can engineering professional quality be enhanced through extension learning in Australia and Venezuela?'. This analysis is clustered around the three themes of professional currency, professional agency and professional mobility. This discussion highlights the situated and increasingly politicised character of the provision of extension learning for Australian and Venezuelan engineers provided by the universities under review here. At the same time, there is considerable evidence of the ongoing effectiveness of that provision for generating quality practice in this professional enterprise/production field.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2020 01:26
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2022 05:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, continuing professional development, engineering, extension learning, postgraduate education, practice, quality, sustainability, training, Venezuela
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390308 Technical, further and workplace education
40 ENGINEERING > 4099 Other engineering > 409999 Other engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
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