ERIC Number: EJ932941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Academic Drift in Danish Professional Engineering Education. Myth or Reality? Opportunity or Threat?
Christensen, S. H.; Erno-Kjolhede, E.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v36 n3 p285-299 2011
This article examines whether and, if so, to what extent academic drift can be said to have taken place in Danish professional engineering education. If the answer is affirmative, what were the driving forces behind it and what are the consequences--if any? First, a theoretical and conceptual framework for the discussion is introduced. This is followed by a case study of institutional change in higher education in Denmark, with a particular emphasis on two institutional examples, the two previously independent engineering colleges that recently merged with universities. The two examples are based on data gathered in interviews with teachers and management in these two engineering colleges (now both part of a university). In conclusion, based on the findings the questions posed in the title of this article are addressed and possible benefits and drawbacks of increased academisation of professional engineering education are discussed. (Contains 1 note, 1 table, and 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Organizational Change, Engineering, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Denmark