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ERIC Number: ED429865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 37
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Learning Engineering in Practice: Constructing "Knowledge" via Culturally-Powered Relations.
Tonso, Karen L.
Engineering is the application of scientific and engineering principles to site-specific, real-world problems. However, engineering education tends to focus on abstract, decontextualized, generalizable knowledge and learning tasks. Research was done to find out the results of adding out-of-class, real-world courses to the conventional engineering education program. The real-world courses provided opportunities for students to gather information from clients, and apply scientific, mathematical, and engineering principles to specific situations. The research followed three different design courses over four semesters. Participant observation field notes were collected and students and faculty were interviewed. The findings propose that an adequate theory of learning must include both micro- and macroscopic features of learning, relations of power, knowledge of real-world and academic practices, and ways to think about learning settings. Learning settings should be viewed as large systems with historical, social, and cultural entrenched ways of promoting one version of reality at the expense of others. Contains 4 tables, a figure, and 24 references. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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