Enabling pathways by enabling cultural and value change in engineering academics

Goh, Steven and Park, Sang-Soon (2009) Enabling pathways by enabling cultural and value change in engineering academics. In: Enabling Pathways: 3rd National Conference of Enabling Educators, 25-27 Nov 2009, Toowoomba, Australia.

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Enabling pathways are often placed in the difficult position of establishing a bridge between engineering academic expectations and the quality and diversity of students seeking access to tertiary education. Difficulties in progressing to engineering programs may be in the form of articulation of fundamental maths and sciences. However, one of the main issues may not be an educational one but a cultural one; in that there is a cultural and value divide between students and engineering academics, which often are not adequately bridged. The proposition is that via improving scholarship of learning and teaching in engineering academics by collaborative development of curriculum with enabling educators, the cultural divide may be bridged. The paper looks to the examples in the experience of international students in enabling pathways and factors that hinder successful student progression in their respective programs. The paper endeavours to suggest propositions and relevant methods to address this, and provide tangible ways of delineating the barriers to effective transition in students, and provide positive change in the culture and values of engineering academics in particular.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2010 05:30
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education, academic culture, enabling scholarship
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6259

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