The faculty perspective on holistic and systems thinking in American and Australian mechanical engineering programmes

N. N. Kellam, M. A. Maher, W. H. Peters

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Abstract

This research effort examined current mechanical engineering educational programmes in America and Australia to determine the degree of holistic, systems thinking of each programme. Faculty from ten American universities and ten Australian universities participated in online surveys and interviews. Resulting data analysis and interpretation suggest that holistic, systems thinking is present in both American and Australian engineering educational programmes, although it is more prevalent in Australian programmes. Specific examples of educational opportunities (courses, projects, extracurricular activities, research experiences) that integrate complex systems study are described in the full paper. This study is currently limited a small sample size within two countries, but it would be very useful to expand the study to a larger population and to include European sites to gain a fuller picture of the state of holistic, systems thinking in higher education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-57
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Faculty perspective
  • Holistic
  • Mechanical engineering programmes
  • Systems thinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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