ERIC Number: EJ1062794
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Teaching "Community Engagement" in Engineering Education for International Development: Integration of an Interdisciplinary Social Work Curriculum
Gilbert, Dorie J.; Held, Mary Lehman; Ellzey, Janet L.; Bailey, William T.; Young, Laurie B.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v40 n3 p256-266 2015
This article reviews the literature on challenges faced by engineering faculty in educating their students on community-engaged, sustainable technical solutions in developing countries. We review a number of approaches to increasing teaching modules on social and community components of international development education, from adding capstone courses and educational track seminars to integrating content from other disciplines, particularly the social sciences. After summarising recent pedagogical strategies to increase content on community-focused development, we present a case study of how one engineering programme incorporates social work students and faculty to infuse strategies for community engagement in designing and implementing student-led global engineering development projects. We outline how this interdisciplinary pedagogical approach teaches students from the two disciplines to work together in addressing power balances, economic and social issues and overall sustainability of international development projects.
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Social Work, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods, College Faculty, College Students, Program Descriptions, Community Involvement, Program Design, Sustainability, Case Studies, Developing Nations, Power Structure, Economic Factors, Social Problems, Study Abroad, Community Development, Foreign Countries, Literature Reviews
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