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Remoulding Engineering: Knowledge and Identity Perspectives on Project Work in Engineering Education

Research project This project offer novel perspectives on students' knowledge and identity development in this context through investigating students’ interaction when working together.

Currently, many engineering educations all over the world move towards implementing project-organised courses with the aim of fostering better team-working skills as well as better learning outcomes. The aim of this project is to explore learning and shared knowledge as being established in the project groups through talk and gestures as well as the utilization of artefacts, what identities are favoured and disfavoured in relation to the project courses, and how learning and the identities narrated and negotiated within the practice intersect. Empirical data will be collected through systematic observations and video-recordings of students during selected engineering courses, complemented with individual interviews with the participants. As analytical tools we will use Distributed Cognition and discourse psychology.

Head of project

Maria Berge
Associate professor
E-mail
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Project overview

Project period:

2015-01-01 2017-12-31

Funding

VR-UVK, 2015-2017: SEK 6,895,000

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Science and Mathematics Education, Faculty of Science and Technology

Research subject

Educational sciences