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Innovations In The Nhl Teaching Concept Of Engineering Ed.

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.237.1 - 2.237.7

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Wessel Koning

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Session 1532

Innovations in the NHL Teaching Concept of Engineering Education

Wessel Koning, Department of Engineering, Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.


Recently a new teaching concept has been proposed by the Board of Governors of the Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden in The Netherlands. In our Engineering Department some parts of this concept were already a reality. It also supported our teaching philosophy and stimulated us to evaluate and to improve our teaching concept. This paper describes in concise form the Dutch system of technical education, the new teaching concept and some of its effects on current EE course projects.

1 Introduction.

This paper describes an innovation, in part, of the teaching concept in the Electrical Engineering’s (EE) project class at the Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden, (NHL), Department of Engineering. The basic reason for this innovation was the Board of Governor’s introduction of an elaboration on the teaching concept in the form of ten points of reference defined in three sub areas 1. In turn, the ten point of reference were the result of an university-wide program to improve the feasibility and the quality of the course program. These points of reference are intended to stimulate a review, an evaluation and an impro- vement of the teaching and its effects on project-courses for second year Electrical Engineering students. The remainder of the paper is organized as follows: section 2 presents an introduction to the Dutch system of technical education; section 3 describes a brief introduction of the EE project-course; section 4 is dedicated to the points of reference; section 5 gives an evaluation of the EE project-course; the paper ends with some conclusions.

2 The Dutch system of technical education.

Basically, the current Dutch system of techni-cal education can be divided into 3 levels 2.

Level 1: the Lower Technical School (LTS), which is a 4-year vocational school; supported by theoretical subjects, the emphasis of the training is on manual skills. Pre-requisite : 8-year basic school.

Level 2: the Middle Technical School (MTS), which is a 4-year school; although manual skills are still important, intellectual abilities are more required. Pre-requisite : LTS or MAVO ( which is a 4-year course of general nature after the basic school).

Koning, W. (1997, June), Innovations In The Nhl Teaching Concept Of Engineering Ed. Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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