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Encouraging cultural awareness in engineering students

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Abstract


  • With ever diversifying engineering student cohorts, faculty, and ultimately,

    engineering workforce, there is an increasing need to foster genuine cultural intelligence

    and awareness in students. An in-depth audit of graduate attribute-oriented learning

    experiences in engineering curricula at the University of Wollongong, identified a very

    limited number of learning experiences targeting cultural intelligence. This paper

    describes a project aimed at developing learning activities to improve the cultural

    awareness of first year engineering students. Crucially for the project, activities had to

    be developed with ‘nuts and bolts’, or ‘formulae’ focused engineering students in mind.

    Concepts of Critical Consciousness and self reflection have been cunningly disguised in

    activities that are directly relevant to engineering, and more specifically the area of

    engineering design and innovation. Stimulus material, discussion and design activities

    are packaged for a series of one hour tutorials to be run in conjunction with more

    traditional design and drawing tutorials. Evaluation of the effectiveness of this approach

    using a quantitative survey and qualitative focus groups is due to be completed in the

    second semester of 2010.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Goldfinch, T., Layton, C. & McCarthy, T. (2010). Encouraging cultural awareness in engineering students. The 21st Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (pp. 602-607). Wembley WA, Australia: Australasian Association for Engineering Education.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=7219&context=engpapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/engpapers/4288

Start Page


  • 602

End Page


  • 607

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  • http://aaee.com.au/conferences/AAEE2010/PDF/AUTHOR/AE100015.PDF

Abstract


  • With ever diversifying engineering student cohorts, faculty, and ultimately,

    engineering workforce, there is an increasing need to foster genuine cultural intelligence

    and awareness in students. An in-depth audit of graduate attribute-oriented learning

    experiences in engineering curricula at the University of Wollongong, identified a very

    limited number of learning experiences targeting cultural intelligence. This paper

    describes a project aimed at developing learning activities to improve the cultural

    awareness of first year engineering students. Crucially for the project, activities had to

    be developed with ‘nuts and bolts’, or ‘formulae’ focused engineering students in mind.

    Concepts of Critical Consciousness and self reflection have been cunningly disguised in

    activities that are directly relevant to engineering, and more specifically the area of

    engineering design and innovation. Stimulus material, discussion and design activities

    are packaged for a series of one hour tutorials to be run in conjunction with more

    traditional design and drawing tutorials. Evaluation of the effectiveness of this approach

    using a quantitative survey and qualitative focus groups is due to be completed in the

    second semester of 2010.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Goldfinch, T., Layton, C. & McCarthy, T. (2010). Encouraging cultural awareness in engineering students. The 21st Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (pp. 602-607). Wembley WA, Australia: Australasian Association for Engineering Education.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=7219&context=engpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/engpapers/4288

Start Page


  • 602

End Page


  • 607

Place Of Publication


  • http://aaee.com.au/conferences/AAEE2010/PDF/AUTHOR/AE100015.PDF