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ERIC Number: EJ831901
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
Engineering the Future: The Social Necessity of Communicative Engineers
Ravesteijn, Wim; De Graaff, Erik; Kroesen, Otto
European Journal of Engineering Education, v31 n1 p63-71 Mar 2006
It is a long and winding road from invention to innovation. Starting from this observation, this paper presents a historical perspective on the capabilities engineers should possess to do their work. The importance of the "communicative competence" involved in creating a social base for innovation is underpinned. We will present a theoretical framework with regard to engineering and society and argue that this competence requires a good understanding of the social dynamics of technology as well as the ability to communicate on the level of facts, values and emotions. Three particular skills are extensively discussed: orientation on the future and the abilities involved in dialogue and cultural differences. We will argue that engineers can develop this new competence through project learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands