ERIC Number: EJ810740
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Where Is "Community"?: Engineering Education and Sustainable Community Development
Schneider, J.; Leydens, J. A.; Lucena, J.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v33 n3 p307-319 Jun 2008
Sustainable development initiatives are proliferating in the US and Europe as engineering educators seek to provide students with knowledge and skills to design technologies that are environmentally sustainable. Many such initiatives involve students from the "North," or "developed" world building projects for villages or communities in the "South." Sustainable development projects in engineering education are being lauded for meeting multiple educational outcomes and providing students with important international training. This paper argues that such programmes need to educate students to think critically about their role as development professionals, to understand and value the role of community in development projects, and to develop long-term assessment criteria for such projects. It argues that engineering educators need to meaningfully engage the "community" in sustainable community development.
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Community Development, Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Engineering, Foreign Countries, Sustainable Development, Critical Thinking, Role, Evaluation Criteria, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States