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Advancing the Global Capacity for Engineering Education Research (AGCEER): A Year of International Dialogue
AGCEER is a joint initiative by the European Journal of Engineering Education, published by the Société Européenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs, and the Journal of Engineering Edu- cation, published by the American Society for Engineering Education. The goal is to signifi- cantly advance the global capacity for engineering education research through moderated inter- active sessions offered in a series of international engineering education conferences between July 2007 and December 2008. The sessions address fundamental questions facing the develop- ment of a global community of scholars and practitioners in engineering education research.
A Joint Journal Initiative
The vitality of any discipline depends on a vibrant community of scholars and practitioners ad- vancing the frontiers of knowledge through research and innovation. Just as engineering excel- lence depends critically on engineering research and development, excellence in engineering education depends critically on research and development in engineering education. However, globally, engineering education development is a more mature field in comparison to engineer- ing education research which is still in its infancy, both in terms of its philosophical structure and physical infrastructure. Because research and development are mutually complementary activi- ties each enhancing the other, there is a need to enhance the global capacity for engineering edu- cation research to better leverage the global developments in engineering education innovation.
In a fashion similar to the American Society of Engineering Education’s recent initiative, “Ad- vancing the Scholarship of Engineering Education: A Year of Dialogue,” 1,2 the European Jour- nal of Engineering Education (EJEE) and the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE) have joined in collaboration to promote an international dialogue on the role of engineering education research to help advance global engineering excellence. 3 The initiative involves a series of mod- erated interactive sessions offered at a number of key international engineering education confer- ences between July 2007 and December 2008. The initiative has four goals:
(1) build a network among the community of scholars and practitioners who participate in the AGCEER sessions; (2) produce a report which characterizes the nature of engineering education research, its ar- eas of inquiry, and its role within scholarly inquiry and practice of engineering education based on the discussions in the sessions; (3) identify the critical infrastructure needed to encourage and sustain a global community of researchers and practitioners in engineering education research; and (4) initiate action to organize a major international summit in 2009 on the current state and future directions of engineering education research worldwide.
Lohmann, J., & De Graaff, E. (2008, June), Advancing The Global Capacity For Engineering Education Research: A Year Of International Dialogue Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/4448
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