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Searching for a viable approach to project work in engineering education
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education.
Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
King's College London, London, United Kingdom.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017: Education Excellence for Sustainability / [ed] Bernardino J.,Rocha J.,Quadrado J.C., European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) , 2017, p. 1393-1400Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Many engineering departments across the world are moving towards implementing project-organised courses. In this paper we make the claim that there is a need for quality criteria for project work, given that research provides a mixed picture of what students can potentially learn in project work. The empirical data in this case study consists of ethnography, video-recordings, video-diaries and interviews, from one project work with four students taking a six weeks long course on machine elements. Our analysis shows that the students spend substantial amounts of time on activities with little or no value to their education, but that this is interspersed with very productive moments. In addition, our analysis showed that two of the students worked considerably less than the other two, but the assessment structure made this more or less invisible to the teacher. The analysis also illustrates the uneven nature of implementations of group work and we argue that as engineering educators we must implement approaches to project work that bring out and utilise the valuable parts, while actively suppressing less productive parts, thereby producing a shift towards being more 'effective.

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European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) , 2017. p. 1393-1400
Keywords [en]
Project work, Quality criteria
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Pedagogical Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146019Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85034779534ISBN: 9789899887572 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-146019DiVA, id: diva2:1193250
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45th Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2017, Angra do Heroismo, Terceira Island, Azores; Portugal, 18 September 2017 through 21 September 2017
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Remoulding Engineering: Knowledge and Identity Perspectives on Project Work in Engineering Education
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2018-03-26 Created: 2018-03-26 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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