Engineering Teachers’ Professional Learning and Role Identity Change in An Intercultural (Study-abroad) PBL Program

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Abstract

This study follows three Chinese university instructors’ learning and role identity change in a six-month Problem-Based Learning (PBL) professional learning programme in Denmark. Data sources include individual progressive portfolios and two rounds of interviews. Data analysis using the Dynamic Systems Model of Role Identity indicates that all three participants experienced change in all four dimensions of the model: ontological and epistemological beliefs, purpose and goals, self-perceptions and definitions, and perceived action possibilities, resulting in changed teacher role identities. Furthermore, the role of the intercultural context of the programme in triggering enablers and/or constraints for learning was also studied. It was found that beliefs about cultural community and ‘‘othering’’ in some cases acted as initial triggers for learning and motivation, while, in other instances, beliefs about cultural differences could be a constraint. The results provide evidence of the effectiveness of using a PBL methodology to organise professional learning activities and facilitate teacher role identity change and explore the roles of culture and interculturality in relation to the DSMRI model.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Volume38
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)959-973
Number of pages15
ISSN0949-149X
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Chinese engineering teachers
  • teacher role identity
  • PBL based pedagogical development
  • intercultural/study abroad
  • Denmark
  • DSMRI

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