Learning and teaching approaches to engineering are generally perceived to be difficult and academically challenging. Such challenges are reflected in high levels of student attrition and failure. In addressing this issue, a unique approach to engineering education has been developed by one of the paper authors. This approach, which is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate levels, brings together pedagogic and engineering epistemologies in an empirically grounded framework. It is underpinned by three distinctive concepts: Relationships, Variety & Alignment. Based upon research, the R + V + A approach to engineering education provides a learning and teaching strategy which in enhancing the student experience increases retention and positively impacts student success. In discussing the emergent findings of a study into the pedagogical value of the approach the paper makes a significant contribution to academic theory and practice in this area.
|Title of host publication||SRHE Annual Research Conference|
|Publisher||Société Eropéenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Dec 2010|
|Event||SRHE Annual Research Conference 2010 - |
Duration: 14 Dec 2010 → 16 Dec 2010
|Conference||SRHE Annual Research Conference 2010|
|Period||14/12/10 → 16/12/10|
Clark, R., & Andrews, J. (2010). Engineering the future! Innovation in learning & teaching: an empirical approach. In SRHE Annual Research Conference Société Eropéenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs.