July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Design in Engineering Education
From a perspective of education that emphasizes its intrinsic merits, some argue that education is valuable in and of itself. This perspective is based on three criteria for classifying various activities and processes as educational: worthwhile knowledge of some value must be communicated; the manner in which people are educated is equally important as the content that is shared; the content must be seen in perspective, that is, in relation to its place in a coherent pattern of life. Design affords an opportunity to uniquely satisfy the humanistic purposes of the previously mentioned criteria, particularly in engineering education, by contributing to individuals’ self-realization and “to the development of an ‘educated’ person.” Therefore, building on this perspective, I explore design as a context for teaching and learning in engineering education that can humanize engineering education by extending and enriching the purpose of engineering education. Again, design provides a unique opportunity to incorporate and promote the underlying humanistic qualities that operationalize humanistic purposes to affect engineering curricula. Furthermore, the nature of design and human-centered approaches to design all contribute to reconciling the social and technical nature inherent in engineering and engineering education. In this paper, I examine the humanistic qualities and sociotechnical nature of design to identify underlying principles that inform and guide best practices for teaching design and operationalizing humanistic purposes in engineering education. Findings reveal that opportunities exist particularly in the open-ended, ill-defined, reflective, and social nature of design. Leveraging these in teaching practices and curriculum promotes a broad and well-rounded education that inspires and enables a creative and productive life, and that is necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
Joslyn, C. H. (2021, July), Opportunity in Design: Extending and Enriching the Purpose of Engineering Education Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37547
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