ERIC Number: EJ884335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Humanitarian Engineering Placements in Our Own Communities
VanderSteen, J. D. J.; Hall, K. R.; Baillie, C. A.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v35 n2 p215-223 May 2010
There is an increasing interest in the humanitarian engineering curriculum, and a service-learning placement could be an important component of such a curriculum. International placements offer some important pedagogical advantages, but also have some practical and ethical limitations. Local community-based placements have the potential to be transformative for both the student and the community, although this potential is not always seen. In order to investigate the role of local placements, qualitative research interviews were conducted. Thirty-two semi-structured research interviews were conducted and analysed, resulting in a distinct outcome space. It is concluded that local humanitarian engineering placements greatly complement international placements and are strongly recommended if international placements are conducted. More importantly it is seen that we are better suited to address the marginalised in our own community, although it is often easier to see the needs of an outside populace.
Descriptors: Engineering, Service Learning, Student Placement, Interviews, Engineering Education, Social Values, Social Justice, Phenomenology, Community Development, Foreign Countries, Community Attitudes, Community Study, Educational Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Ghana