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Work in Progress: Ways of Thinking of Interdisciplinary Collaborators

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Institutional Change

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Educational Research and Methods

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Medha Dalal Arizona State University Orcid 16x16

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Medha Dalal is a doctoral candidate in the Learning, Literacies and Technologies program at Arizona State University. She received her master’s degree in Computer Science from Polytechnic University, New York. Medha has been working as a research assistant at the Engineering Research Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics. Prior to joining the doctoral program, Medha was teaching Computer Science and Information Science classes at an engineering institute in Bangalore, India. Her research interests include interdisciplinary collaborations and 'ways of thinking', online/blended learning, and pedagogy of technology integration.

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Adam R. Carberry Arizona State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Adam Carberry is an associate professor at Arizona State University in the Fulton Schools of Engineering, The Polytechnic School. He earned a B.S. in Materials Science Engineering from Alfred University, and received his M.S. and Ph.D., both from Tufts University, in Chemistry and Engineering Education respectively. Dr. Carberry was previously an employee of the Tufts’ Center for Engineering Education & Outreach.

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Numerous calls by prominent organizations have been made to transform engineering education related research by adopting new ways of thinking. Environmental and Sustainability Education Research (ESER) offers a framework, Sustainability Education Framework for Teachers (SEFT). The SEFT offers a networked approach for considering complex problems and solutions through four ways of thinking including futures, values, systems, and strategic thinking. This paper attempts to leverage the work done within ESER by adapting the SEFT for engineering education research (EER) in the context of interdisciplinary collaborations between engineering and education faculty. Three engineering-education collaborators were interviewed in dyads to understand conceptualizations of futures, values, systems, and strategic thinking in relation to their joint research project(s). All three dyads provided specific examples of different ways of thinking from their shared research efforts. Preliminary findings suggest that a ‘ways of thinking’ framework could provide a useful guideline for engineering and education faculty planning to collaborate for interdisciplinary research as well as the overall EER community.

Dalal, M., & Carberry, A. R. (2018, June), Work in Progress: Ways of Thinking of Interdisciplinary Collaborators Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31317

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