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Title: Educating Engineering Academics in the Work Place Through Teaching Communities
Contributor(s): Macdonald, Ian David (author); Walsh, M (author)
Publication Date: 2001
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Abstract: The quality of education outcomes depends largely on the knowledge and skills of the staff creating learning situations. In Australian universities an expanding use of sessional staff to teach tutorials and laboratories, with a worrying diversity in interpretation of critical concepts, and teaching approaches, has threatened quality. At Swinburne University collaboration between engineering faculty and education experts has resulted in a process of workplace learning about teaching and student cognition that has transformed the education culture. Using problematic, large-intake undergraduate subjects as a context, Teaching Communities have brought together staff in a particularly powerful learning environment as part of normal subject teaching. Guided by the education experts, current student learning is debriefed, concepts to be taught negotiated, and appropriate teaching strategies decided. Academics have since developed an improved understanding of the complex, challenging domain of teaching, and their role within it. Measurable changes in teaching practice, student learning styles and outcomes, and curricula development have resulted.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: ICEE 2001: International Conference on Engineering Education - interfacing the world, Oslo, Norway, 6th - 10th August, 2001
Conference Details: ICEE 2001: International Conference on Engineering Education - interfacing the world, Oslo, Norway, 6th - 10th August, 2001
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education (ICEE 2001), p. 6B6-17-6B6-26
Publisher: International Conference on Engineering Education
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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