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ERIC Number: EJ810720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
The Faculty Perspective on Holistic and Systems Thinking in American and Australian Mechanical Engineering Programmes
Kellam, N. N.; Maher, M. A.; Peters, W. H.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v33 n1 p45-57 Mar 2008
This research effort examined current mechanical engineering educational programmes in America and Australia to determine the degree of holistic, systems thinking of each programme. Faculty from ten American universities and ten Australian universities participated in online surveys and interviews. Resulting data analysis and interpretation suggest that holistic, systems thinking is present in both American and Australian engineering educational programmes, although it is more prevalent in Australian programmes. Specific examples of educational opportunities (courses, projects, extracurricular activities, research experiences) that integrate complex systems study are described in the full paper. This study is currently limited a small sample size within two countries, but it would be very useful to expand the study to a larger population and to include European sites to gain a fuller picture of the state of holistic, systems thinking in higher education. (Contains 6 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United States