Understanding engineering educators' pedagogical transformations through the hero's journey

Audrey Boklage, Brooke Coley, Nadia Kellam

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    Abstract

    Many faculty wish to create better learning environments for their students. Particularly, in Engineering Education, where traditional approaches to learning have been associated with limited engagement for many students. This study investigates the journeys taken by Engineering faculty at various United States higher education institutions to adopt student-centred pedagogies in the classroom using Dewey's Theory of Experience as a theoretical framework and Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey as a structural way to construct and analyse narratives. Two narratives are highlighted in this paper to elucidate a better understanding of the process to successfully adopting pedagogies, including, for example, the different ways faculty experience their calls to adventure, their road of trials, and their ultimate boons. These journeys shed light on the stages involved in the process, how individuals interact with the environment to evolve over time, and the ways in which the vision for change impacts the way the journey unfolds.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publication2017 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2017
    PublisherResearch in Engineering Education Network
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
    Event2017 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2017 - Bogota, Colombia
    Duration: Jul 6 2017Jul 8 2017

    Other

    Other2017 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2017
    CountryColombia
    CityBogota
    Period7/6/177/8/17

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
    • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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    Boklage, A., Coley, B., & Kellam, N. (2017). Understanding engineering educators' pedagogical transformations through the hero's journey. In 2017 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2017 Research in Engineering Education Network.