Teaching contextual knowledge in engineering education – Theory of Engineering Science and the Core Curriculum at the Technical University of Denmark

Ulrik Jørgensen, Søsser Brodersen

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    Abstract

    Despite contextual knowledge is considered very important for engineers in performing their profession, experiences from decades in Europe and the USA have shown that teaching such topics in engineering education is challenging and often unsuccessful. One of the dilemmas is that social science based reflections related to the use and uptake of technology in society often conflicts with engineering students’ self-understanding and identity. Another dilemma is related to the specificity and modeling reductionism in engineering science compared to the complexity of problems in engineering practice. Consequently courses added into engineering curricula emphasizing contextual issues stay in stark contrast to the dominant instrumental disciplines of mathematics and techno-science content of core engineering courses. Based on several years of teaching and experimenting with Theory of Science at the Technical University of Denmark, the paper argues that teaching contextual knowledge needs to overcome several barriers that tend to be neglected in engineering educations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Research in Engineering Symposium
    Publication date2011
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventResearch in Engineering Symposium - Madrid
    Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceResearch in Engineering Symposium
    CityMadrid
    Period01/01/2011 → …

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