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Engineering and society: Embedding active service learning in undergraduate curricula

Fogg Rogers, Laura; Fowles-Sweet, Wendy

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Dr Laura Fogg Rogers Laura.Foggrogers@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor of Knowledge Exchange in Engineering

Wendy Fowles-Sweet Wendy.Fowles-Sweet@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Engineering Professionalism



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Jane Andrews
Editor

Robin Clark
Editor

Ann Nortcliffe
Editor

Roger Penlington
Editor

Abstract

Undergraduate education incorporating active learning through education outreach presents a critical opportunity to influence future engineering teaching and practice capabilities. Engineering education outreach activities have been shown to have multiple benefits; increasing interest and engagement with science and engineering for school children, providing teachers with expert contributions to engineering subject knowledge, and developing professional generic skills for engineers such as communication and teamwork. A new module at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE), called Engineering and Society, paired 45 student engineers and 32 pre-service teachers to enact engineering outreach in primary schools, reaching over 900 children in 30 school classes. A pre and post longitudinal mixed methods design is being employed to measure change in attitudes and Education Outreach Self-Efficacy in student engineers; alongside attitudes, Teaching Engineering Self-Efficacy and Engineering Subject Knowledge Confidence in pre-service teachers. Previous pilot research indicates that highly significant improvements were noted in the pre-service teachers’ confidence and self-efficacy; while both the teachers and engineers qualitatively described benefits arising from the paired peer mentor model.

Citation

Fogg Rogers, L., & Fowles-Sweet, W. (2018). Engineering and society: Embedding active service learning in undergraduate curricula. In J. Andrews, R. Clark, A. Nortcliffe, & R. Penlington (Eds.), 5TH Annual Symposium of the United Kingdom & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network (125-129). Aston University

Acceptance Date Apr 20, 2018
Publication Date Apr 20, 2018
Deposit Date Jul 26, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 26, 2018
Journal Time for Change
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 125-129
Book Title 5TH Annual Symposium of the United Kingdom & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network
ISBN 978185449443-6
Keywords engineering, public engagement, outreach, teacher education, engineering education research
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/869286
Related Public URLs http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/33707/

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