Ensuring the highest quality and most relevant engineering education for students is a goal of every university engineering department. In order to achieve this, having a thorough understanding of what constitutes good engineering education and how it can be implemented is fundamental. The Aston Engineering Education Research Group is focused on developing the understanding that will enable colleagues across the sector to introduce innovative and relevant learning and teaching practice that addresses the needs of industry whilst engaging students in their learning.
The group, which is made up of both engineering and social science academics, is not only concerned with HE but the whole ‘engineering education pipeline’ from primary school to the employment of engineers and their continued learning.
Drawing from different disciplines, the team has interests in many areas of engineering education.
Current projects include:
- Evaluation of Project Based Learning (more specifically CDIO)
- Staff training for innovative learning and teaching
- The importance of relationships, variety and coherency in engineering education
- Bringing business and engineering together
- Attributes of the graduate engineers of the future
- Introducing engineering at primary school level
- Outreach to schools – what works and why?
- Student perceptions of engineering
- Peer mentoring at transition
- Relationships between industry and academia – what are the characteristics for success?
- Work based learning