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7th International CONCEIVE DESIGN IMPLEMENT OPERATE Conference (CDIO2011)

Self-critical reflections on the classical teaching culture in engineering
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Author:Gion Koch Svedberg <gion.kochsvedberg@mah.se> (Malmö University)
Date: 2011-06-20     Track: Main     Session: 1
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054591
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054592

The CDIO initiative aims at reforming the classical way engineering is being taught at technical universities. However, current teaching staff often feels resistance to making changes to a style of teaching that they themselves experienced as students. Due to ignorance about the results of research in higher education, they know little about the implications of the classical teaching culture in engineering on student’s learning. This paper uses commonly accepted research findings to analyse the consequences of the classical teaching culture at a typical department of computer science. It is meant to provoke a pedagogical discussion and to increase the awareness about pedagogical questions at engineering departments that have not yet turned to the CDIO initiative.