New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Community Engagement Division
Engineers create and implement technologies that provide solutions to some of the most pressing problems in the world today. Engineering education, or the formal training of engineering students, is integral in preparing these engineers to go out into an increasingly globalized world. It has become crucial that engineers are prepared for a wide array of situations outside of a purely technical role. From this, comes a need to bridge the gap between engineering education theory and practice, and study of whether these types of interactions, between engineering students and international communities, are worthwhile and equitable for both parties. This paper uses autoethnography as a method to analyze and distill a framework for preparing engineering students working on what are considered to be “taboo” topics in international development context.
Looking at engineering students working on international development projects in sanitation and hygiene stresses the importance of the framework with which one approaches the issue: working with the community, rather than working for them (Hariharan 2011). The metrics of assessment are twofold: first, global preparedness, or “the readiness to engage and effectively operate under uncertainty in different cultural contexts to address engineering problems” and second, global competency, or “development of one’s skills and attitudes in successfully interacting with persons of diverse backgrounds” (Streiner et al., 2014) have recently been brought forward into the discussion. This paper will use global preparedness and global competency as two of the many lenses through which we can investigate how these skills can help work with taboo issues, as well as using dramaturgical perspective to investigate taboos. This work in progress paper is part of a two-year ongoing project with a community partner in rural India.
Patel, D. (2016, June), Preparing Engineering Students to Work on Taboo Topics in the Service of Communities Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25950
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