Faculty perspectives on the inclusion of work-related learning in engineering curricula

Marie Magnell, Lars Allan Geschwind, Anette Kolmos

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The purpose of this paper is to identify faculty perspectives on the integration of work-related issues in engineering education. A mixed methods approach was used to explore faculty attitudes towards work-related learning, to describe activities related to working life that have been introduced into the curriculum and to identify factors that faculty see as important if the amount of work-related learning is to increase. The results show that faculty members are positive about integrating work-related issues into the curriculum. Programmes with more extensive connections to industry offer more integrated activities, such as projects with external actors, and use professional contacts established through research in their teaching. In order to increase work-related learning in engineering curricula, faculty request clear goals and pedagogical tools. Other options to increase work-related learning include offering faculty the opportunity to work outside academia.
TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)1038-1047
Antal sider10
StatusUdgivet - 2017