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Developing pedagogic and curriculum expertise: The professional development of future engineering HE practitioners through participation in Project Based Learning research

Broad, J; Detmer, A; Lahiff, A; Roach, K; Tilley, E; (2018) Developing pedagogic and curriculum expertise: The professional development of future engineering HE practitioners through participation in Project Based Learning research. Presented at: ISEE 2018: The 7th International Symposium of Engineering Education, London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Despite a greater emphasis on the quality of the taught provision in HE; the nature of the student experience and in Engineering Education, the need to develop innovative curricula, preparing future Engineering Educators for their role is often overlooked. Where attention exists, it often focuses on individual activities such as reflection and portfolio building (Gast, Schildkamp and van der Veen, 2017). In contrast, collaborative approaches have long been recognized as being effective by providing the richest opportunities for teacher professional development (see for example, Broad, 2015; Goodson and Hargreaves, 1996). In light of this, this paper focusses on the ways in which future Engineering Educators can develop pedagogic and curriculum expertise through enquiry and practice. An on-going collaborative Institute of Education/UCL ‘seed corn’ funded project, which investigates undergraduate learning through Project Based Learning (PjBL), enabled an alternate approach to the professional development of future Engineering Educators to be explored. This paper will examine the experiences and learning of engineering Post Graduate Teaching Assistants (PGTAs) who acted as research assistants on the project. The PGTAs carried out research observations of project-based learning scenarios and in situ interviews with engineering undergraduates. This offered the PGTAs an additional dimension through which to understand student learning and their own role of supporting engineering students. The paper will identify and discuss the wider learning opportunities afforded through participation in the project and the implications for the future development of HE practitioners

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: Developing pedagogic and curriculum expertise: The professional development of future engineering HE practitioners through participation in Project Based Learning research
Event: ISEE 2018: The 7th International Symposium of Engineering Education
Location: London, UK
Dates: 17 - 18 July 2018
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/centre-for-engineering-educa...
Language: English
Keywords: Vocational education, professional development, teacher development, engineering education
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Engineering Science Faculty Office
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10067934
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