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Structural development of substance in engineering education: Method of cornerstones

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Details

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractive Collaborative Learning - Proceedings of the 19th ICL Conference - Volume 1
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages566-576
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319503363
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventINTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTERACTIVE COLLABORATIVE LEARNING -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume544
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Conference

ConferenceINTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTERACTIVE COLLABORATIVE LEARNING
Period1/01/00 → …

Abstract

During the current millennium, engineering education has confronted an emerging problem with learning. Driving forces have mainly been economical, since financial pressure and effort for increasing efficiency have given rise to growing amount of accessed and graduated students. Consequently, in the lack of time and financial resources, universities have had a tendency to decrease the emphasis on thorough and time-consuming learning of fundamentals. As a result, so called immediate skills have gained excessive role in comparison with long-term skills in engineering education. According to a generally accepted view, students learn to carry out engineering tasks quite well, but they do not necessarily learn to think. Recently, a study carried out at MIT ended up to call for “coherent and interconnected curriculum structure” to achieve excellence in engineering education. We suggest that by utilizing the hierarchical structure of natural sciences in engineering education, such a coherent and interconnected structure can be created. In this paper, we show how the method of cornerstones is implemented to clarify engineering substance and to promote higher learning. By making cornerstone-based structure visible to students, we aim to clarify and harmonize the substance and to promote both immediate and long-term engineering skills.

Keywords

  • Engineering education, Higher learning, Method of cornerstones

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland