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Eames, Chris; Stewart, Kevin – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
The research reported here follows previous articles in this special issue which detail a national study involving a team of researchers across four higher education institutions in New Zealand. A key theme that emerged from a collection of questionnaire, interview and observational data was the central importance of teacher-student and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Engineering Education
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Clark, Jim; Dodd, Dave; Coll, Richard K. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
Two earlier papers in this special issue detail staff and student perceptions of their higher education science and engineering learning communities for the New Zealand university and polytechnic sectors (Campbell et al. 2008; Cronje and Coll 2008). These findings suggest the students in these communities gradually come to share some of the views…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Engineering Education, Acculturation
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Coll, Richard K. – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2008
This paper reports on a major national study of higher education science and engineering learning communities in New Zealand. The scope of the research project along with a description of the methodology and method used in the study together with rationale for the study and research approach adopted are provided here. Details of the theoretical…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Scientific Methodology