ERIC Number: EJ821681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Epistemology, Ontology and Ethics: "Galaxies Away from the Engineering World"?
Christensen, Steen Hyldgaard; Erno-Kjolhede, Erik
European Journal of Engineering Education, v33 n5-6 p561-571 Oct 2008
Philosophy of technology/philosophy of science has recently become part of the curriculum of engineering degree programmes in Denmark. However, to what extent do teachers of engineering see it as meaningful for students to work with relatively abstract philosophical concepts such as epistemology, ontology and ethics as part of engineering degree programmes? And what, if any, are the complexities and difficulties in implementing philosophical questioning into engineering curricula? Do teachers tend to see philosophy of science as a kind of "Trojan horse"--an unwelcome idea that will defocus engineering degree courses and steal time from more important subjects? Or do they see it as a necessary and welcome addition to engineering curricula that will result in more qualified and free-thinking engineering graduates? Subsequently these issues are discussed in the light of findings in an empirical case study carried out by the authors at their Institute.
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering, Foreign Countries, Ethics, Epistemology, Philosophy, Case Studies, Curriculum, Educational Attitudes, Questionnaires, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Denmark