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Seven stances for researching emotion in engineering education

Time Wednesday 12 October, 2022 at 13:00 - 14:30
Place will be announced closer to the date (hybrid).

In this talk, Professor Quinlan provides an overview of seven different stances that have been taken in research on emotions in education, each offering different assumptions and educational implications. Drawing from a wide-ranging review of the literature, this talk thus offers a broad range of possible theoretical grounding for research and scholarly discussions about emotions in higher education. Professor Quinlan will also challenge attendees to consider the implications of these sometimes competing/sometimes complementary perspectives for their own research on emotions in higher and engineering education.

After the lecture, we invite participants to engage in further discussions and informal exchange. We will provide fika (coffee, tea, and snacks) between 14:30–15:00. The lecture and fika are part of the international Emotions in Engineering Education Symposium (, which is held at Umeå University, 12–14 October 2022.

Sign up by 9 October at the latest. In-person attendance and fika are offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Event type: Lecture

Kathleen M. Quinlan is currently Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Kent, UK. Her research focuses on higher education students’ holistic development, including emotion, motivation, and interest. She has also researched discipline-specificity in learning and teaching, with studies on engineering education, veterinary education, and humanities education. Through her research and academic leadership positions in the US, Australia, and England, she has inspired educational researchers and educators alike, for example through her innovative book How Higher Education Feels: Commentaries on Poems that Illuminate Emotion in Learning and Teaching

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