June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Faculty Development Constituent Committee
This panel paper describes how change makers might connect change theory to practice in designing and implementing a change project and highlights resources to facilitate this linkage. This panel session is designed for change agents, who might have the roles of faculty members, faculty developers, researchers, and/or administrators, with projects that involve change around engineering teaching and learning. While a change maker may recognize the need for a theory of change to inform practice, one might not be sure where to start; and new and experienced change makers may face challenges in connecting theory and implementation throughout a project. A myriad of theories permeate the literature on academic and organizational change, and many have direct implications for the efforts of change makers working to change the culture and practices around teaching and learning in engineering. However, rarely does the literature elucidate what it looks like for a change maker to identify and then implement these theories of change into practice and what challenges might be encountered. This gap in connecting theory to practice complicates the process for both new and experienced change makers to adopt appropriate theories of change, especially as the pressures of everyday work push change agents to make practical decisions that are not necessarily informed by theory or change management practices.
During the panel session, the panelists will provide highlights of change projects they have implemented (or are in the process of implementing), discuss examples of how change theories have been operationalized early in, midway through, or late in the change project lifecycle, and share insights and lessons learned from their change projects. The panel will be comprised of change agents from different academic roles who have integrated theories of change into a variety of projects, which are described in separate panel papers. The panel session also will incorporate an activity for participants to consider a theory of change for their projects and how it might be incorporated and hold conversations around common mistakes in different types and stages of change projects, and how to avoid them, with support from panelists throughout the activities.
Chan Hilton, A. B., & Morelock, J. R., & Ingram, E. L., & Utschig, T. (2019, June), Connecting Theory with Practice: Four Change Projects in Faculty Development for Engineering Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32538
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