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Observing cultural interactions in engineering design,

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Abstract


  • The University of Wollongong and partner institutions UTAS, UTS, and QUT

    have engaged in an ALTC funded project to address issues of intercultural competence in

    engineering. As a major component of this project, observational research techniques

    are being employed to assess the current state of intercultural competence in first and

    second year engineering students. The research described in this paper is a process

    employed by the authors to observe cultural interactions between students in first or

    second year design subjects. The process involves simple video recordings of the groups’

    interactions over the course of a normal project team meeting, which are then coded and

    analysed using NVivo 8. To identify cultural diversity within the observed groups and

    perceived intercultural competency, the observation session is followed by a brief survey

    which incorporates dimensions of self and peer evaluation. This research will be

    conducted at all four participating institutions over the teaching semesters of 2011. As

    well as establishing an overview of the current state of intercultural intelligence amongst

    engineering cohorts, these research outcomes will be used to develop packaged teaching

    modules for developing intercultural intelligence amongst both engineering students and

    teaching staff.

Authors


  •   Goldfinch, Thomas L.
  •   Layton, Catherine Anne. (external author)
  •   Gardner, Anne (external author)
  •   Thomas, Giles (external author)
  •   Henderson, Alan (external author)
  •   McCarthy, Timothy J.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Goldfinch, T., Layton, C., Gardner, A., Thomas, G., Henderson, A. & McCarthy, T. (2011). Observing cultural interactions in engineering design,. In Y. M. Al-Abdeli & E. Lindsay (Eds.), 22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (pp. 184-190). Barton ACT Australia: Engineers Australia.

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Abstract


  • The University of Wollongong and partner institutions UTAS, UTS, and QUT

    have engaged in an ALTC funded project to address issues of intercultural competence in

    engineering. As a major component of this project, observational research techniques

    are being employed to assess the current state of intercultural competence in first and

    second year engineering students. The research described in this paper is a process

    employed by the authors to observe cultural interactions between students in first or

    second year design subjects. The process involves simple video recordings of the groups’

    interactions over the course of a normal project team meeting, which are then coded and

    analysed using NVivo 8. To identify cultural diversity within the observed groups and

    perceived intercultural competency, the observation session is followed by a brief survey

    which incorporates dimensions of self and peer evaluation. This research will be

    conducted at all four participating institutions over the teaching semesters of 2011. As

    well as establishing an overview of the current state of intercultural intelligence amongst

    engineering cohorts, these research outcomes will be used to develop packaged teaching

    modules for developing intercultural intelligence amongst both engineering students and

    teaching staff.

Authors


  •   Goldfinch, Thomas L.
  •   Layton, Catherine Anne. (external author)
  •   Gardner, Anne (external author)
  •   Thomas, Giles (external author)
  •   Henderson, Alan (external author)
  •   McCarthy, Timothy J.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Goldfinch, T., Layton, C., Gardner, A., Thomas, G., Henderson, A. & McCarthy, T. (2011). Observing cultural interactions in engineering design,. In Y. M. Al-Abdeli & E. Lindsay (Eds.), 22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (pp. 184-190). Barton ACT Australia: Engineers Australia.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6328&context=engpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/engpapers/3397

Start Page


  • 184

End Page


  • 190