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Teaching Materials To Engineering Students: National Support For Materials Faculty

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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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Teaching Materials Sci&Eng to Non-Majors

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7.1085.1 - 7.1085.9



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Caroline Baillie

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Session 2364

Teaching Materials To Engineering Students: National Support For Materials Faculty

Adam Mannis and Caroline Baillie

Imperial College, London and UK Centre for Materials Education


In the UK, government higher education funding councils have since 1999 placed a high priority on developing schemes to foster and support education developments embedded within disciplines. Part of the rationale for this is an acknowledgement that academics best appreciate, assimilate and implement a pedagogic approach when it is presented to them within their own discipline. In addition, it is felt that many university centrally based educational centres have not been as effective as predicted. This may in part be due to their generic nature and their inability to enter into subject level discussions with academics.

In 2000, the higher education funding councils established the Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN), a new national initiative for the implementation of 24 Subject Centres, with the aim of stimulating the sharing and dissemination of good practice and innovation in learning and teaching through the provision of subject based support. 1 A Centre was funded for the materials community, entitled the UK Centre for Materials Education, in order to support the unique needs of programmes specialising in the broad discipline of Materials Science & Engineering. The Centre aims to support departments in their delivery of teaching and learning in materials education, rather than prescribe what those approaches should be. It provides both a proactive and a responsive service to the needs of the UK materials community, assisting practitioners to: § adopt good and innovative practice in learning and teaching, informed by research § participate in, and benefit from, appropriate staff development § offer a rounded and stretching educational experience to its diverse student body, so as to attract students of the highest quality § deliver learning and teaching efficiently and effectively § have enhanced awareness of the needs of students and the conditions in which they are most likely to learn successfully § respond to national initiatives and expectations in education and learning.

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Baillie, C., & Mannis, A. (2002, June), Teaching Materials To Engineering Students: National Support For Materials Faculty Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10551

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