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Engineering teams: supporting diversity in engineering education

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posted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by Jennifer Loy, Simon Howell, Rae Cooper
Engineering education increasingly involves working in groups. This is partly because of a growing value placed on graduate attributes relating to effective team working, and partly a response to the practicalities of working with large groups in an educational environment and the emphasis on peer learning. This chapter argues that a superficial approach to understanding the drivers for establishing and managing groups during first year activities can have negative outcomes, including re-enforcing majority dominance. This will potentially contribute to attrition amongst minority students and undermine the outcomes for the engineering cohort as a whole. This chapter provides strategies for building groups in the first year focussing on team building, valuing diversity and cultural awareness. It emphasises the importance of transferable skills for students and of understanding themselves, their heritage, attitudes and values and their contribution to a team, building an approach to support diversity in teams throughout the engineering degree program.

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Title of book

Strategies for increasing diversity in engineering majors and careers

Series

Advances in higher education and professional development book series

Chapter number

6

Pagination

106 - 129

Publisher

IGI Global

Place of publication

Hershey, Pa.

ISSN

2327-6983

eISSN

2327-6991

ISBN-13

9781522522126

ISBN-10

1522522123

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1.1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2017, IGI Global

Extent

12

Editor/Contributor(s)

M Gray, K Thomas

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