The philosophical and pedagogical underpinnings of Active Learning in Engineering Education

TitleThe philosophical and pedagogical underpinnings of Active Learning in Engineering Education
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsChristie, M, de Graaff, E
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Pagination5 - 16
Date Published2017/02//
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number03043797
Keywordsaction , ACTIVE , education , ENGINEERING , Higher , LEARNING , problem-
AbstractIn this paper the authors draw on three sequential keynote addresses that they gave at Active Learning in Engineering Education (ALE) workshops in Copenhagen (2012), Caxias do Sol (2014) and San Sebastian (2015). Active Learning in Engineering Education is an informal international network of engineering educators dedicated to improving engineering education through active learning ( The paper reiterates themes from those keynotes, namely, the philosophical and pedagogical underpinnings of Active Learning in Engineering Education, the scholarly questions that inspire engineering educators to go on improving their practice and exemplary models designed to activate the learning of engineering students. This paper aims to uncover the bedrock of established educational philosophies and theories that define and support active learning. The paper does not claim to present any new or innovative educational theory. There is already a surfeit of them. Rather, the aim is to assist Engineering Educators who wish to research how they can best activate the learning of their students by providing a readable, reasonable and solid underpinning for best practice in this field.
NotesAccession Number: 120212075; Christie, Michael 1 de Graaff, Erik 2; Affiliation: 1: School of Education, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland,Australia 2: Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, UCPBL, Aalborg, Denmark; Source Info: Feb2017, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p5; Subject Term: ACTIVE learning; Subject Term: LEARNING; Subject Term: ENGINEERING -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: EDUCATION; Subject Term: HIGHER education; Author-Supplied Keyword: action research; Author-Supplied Keyword: Active learning; Author-Supplied Keyword: engineering education; Author-Supplied Keyword: problem- and project-based learning; NAICS/Industry Codes: 923110 Administration of Education Programs; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611710 Educational Support Services; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611699 All Other Miscellaneous Schools and Instruction; Number of Pages: 12p; Document Type: Article
Short TitleEuropean Journal of Engineering Education