Mapping the landscape of engineering education research: an Australian perspective

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SEFI Annual Conference 2014, 2014, pp. ? - ? (9)
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Engineering education research is still consolidating as a recognised research area in Australian universities [1, 2]. A current project funded by the US National Science Foundation is attempting to develop a taxonomy for engineering education as a research area [3]. Our project takes a different perspective. Finding out what topics members of the AAEE community are researching will enable us to view engineering education as a knowledge domain that includes a variety of areas of endeavour. Our intention is to assist engineering education researchers to appreciate the differences in methods, frameworks and theories typically used in different parts of the landscape. Our intention is for the landscape to be used as the foundation for conversations to facilitate the social construction and subsequent understanding of the community standards and norms used to judge research quality. This will help both the community and individuals to articulate and understand observed changes in their and their peers’ research as expertise is developed, as well as provide a language for researchers, particularly those new to the field to plan, discuss and evaluate this development if they so choose.
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