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A proposed definition of the engineering methodology

Cavenett,SW 2014, A proposed definition of the engineering methodology, in AAEE 2014 : Proceedings of the 2014 Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Barton, ACT, pp. 1-11.

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Title A proposed definition of the engineering methodology
Author(s) Cavenett,SWORCID iD for Cavenett,SW orcid.org/0000-0001-6389-5874
Conference name Engineering Education Conference
Conference location Wellington, New Zealand
Conference dates 8-10 Dec. 2014
Title of proceedings AAEE 2014 : Proceedings of the 2014 Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference
Editor(s) Bainbridge-smith,A
Qi,Z
Gupta,S
Publication date 2014
Conference series Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Place of publication Barton, ACT
Summary BACKGROUND An adequately concise and accurate definition of the profession of engineering that can simultaneously encompass a majority of the profession and be reasonably understood by a majority of society arguably remains as an elusive goal yet to be attained.While numerous definitions of the profession exist they tend to describe specific methods or approaches deployed in the practice of engineering rather than be suitably descriptive of the profession of engineering.The lack of an adequate, accurate and relevant definition of the profession of engineering has, and continues to, present disadvantages to the profession. While acknowledging this problem the profession continues to rely on existing inadequate, inaccurate, or irrelevant definitions of itself as it struggles to attain the degree of awareness, recognition, and appreciation of its significant benefits that directly impact society and the individual.Accordingly in many countries the choice of engineering as a career path often ranks below other profession choices such as medicine, law, and management - especially with adolescent girls. Also the relevance and role of professional engineering in socio-economic and socio-political contexts is often undervalued or neglected – especially in national and international policy discussions and development.PURPOSETo provide a clear, concise, and accurate definition of the profession of engineering that is acceptable for most, if not all, major stakeholders.METHOD A review of historical and contemporary definitions of professional engineering is provided. Using Koen’s definition of the engineering method in conjunction with Shulman’s set of characteristics common to professions a more generic definition is derived that seeks to simultaneously accommodate the homogenous multi-disciplinary attributes of professional engineering as well as accommodate the discipline specific attributes.RESULTS A proposed definition of the engineering methodology has been developed. A background introduction and justified derivation is provided for the proposed definition.CONCLUSIONS The limitations and inadequacies of historical and contemporary definitions of professional engineering have been considered. Using Koen’s definition as a basis a more generic multi-disciplinary and more contemporary definition is derived and presented. The goal of the proposed definition of the engineering methodology is to provide a more concise, more accurate, and most importantly a more comprehensible definition of the profession of engineering for the purpose of being applied to all major stakeholders of the profession.
ISBN 9780473304287
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2014, The Authors
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30068256

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