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How To Initiate And Maintain A Continuing Pedagogical Staff Development In Engineering Education

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Engrng Edu;An International Perspective

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7.616.1 - 7.616.4

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Linda Madsen

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How to initiate and maintain a continuing pedagogical staff development in engineering education Paper

This paper deals with the experiences, challenges and future perspectives of an organisation like the IPN in Denmark.

The Pedagogical Network for Engineering Education in Denmark, the IPN Ole Vinther, associate professor, Linda Madsen, assistant professor, pedagogical consultant,

What is the IPN? Six years ago the institutions for engineering education in Denmark created a unique partnership within staff development – a network called the IPN. The network deals with pedagogical development of academic engineering teaching staff and embraces all 8 universities and colleges in Denmark offering engineering education. The IPN was initiated by the most pedagogically enthusiastic teaching staff at a few engineering colleges, and it is financially supported by the Ministry of Education. The idea of establishing a pedagogical network within engineering educations was formulated in `Forslag til etablering af netværk for: kvalitetsudvikling af ingeniøruddannelserne med henblik på pædagogik og didaktik´ 1995, which has unfortunately not been translated into English. Some of the arguments were:

· A natural part of being an educational education is to work on didactic and pedagogical development as part of quality development in general. · Since the universities offering engineering education already had pedagogical centres, it was realised among the founding fathers of the IPN, that the engineering colleges also needed to put emphasis on pedagogical development. · The engineering colleges already had some experimental courses for the new teaching staff, but they also needed to establish a closer relation to pedagogical research at the universities as well as exchange of experiences and resources among all the institutions for engineering education.

The objective of the network was decided to be to strengthen the development of the pedagogical and didactic quality within engineering education by:

· initiating and coordinating pedagogical and didactic developmental activities. · providing education within the field for junior lecturers, lecturers and other teaching staff. · collecting and disseminating information concerning pedagogy. · creating a forum for the exchange of ideas and experience from both home and abroad between universities and institutions.

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Madsen, L. (2002, June), How To Initiate And Maintain A Continuing Pedagogical Staff Development In Engineering Education Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

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