A matter of professionalism? Reflection and reflexivity in continuing engineering education and practice

Jane Andrews, Robin Clark, William Glew

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


The argument that this paper sets out to critique is that in order to promote professionalism in Engineering Education and Practice, graduate level engineering programmes need to introduce the concepts of reflection and reflexivity into the curriculum right from the onset. By focusing upon the delivery of a newly developed „Work Based‟ Master’s level programme in Professional Engineering, this paper provides an overview of the first part of an empirical study which sets out to investigate the challenges associated with embedding reflection and reflexivity into Engineering Education. The paper concludes by noting that whilst student engineers may struggle with the concepts of reflection and reflexivity, with support and encouragement such difficulties can be overcome. Moreover, by encouraging students to reflect upon their Professional Practice, the programme not only enables students to consider how they may apply what they have learnt to their Professional Practice, but also encourages them to think about how they can link their experiences as Professional Engineers to what and how they learn both whilst on the programme but also as lifelong learners.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEFI 2011 Annual Conference
PublisherSociété Eropéenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011
EventSEFI Annual Conference 2011 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 28 Sept 201130 Sept 2011


ConferenceSEFI Annual Conference 2011


  • continuing education
  • work based learning
  • reflection
  • reflexivity
  • engineering education research


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