Engineering the future! Innovation in learning & teaching: an empirical approach

Robin Clark, Jane Andrews

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


Learning and teaching approaches to engineering are generally perceived to be difficult and academically challenging. Such challenges are reflected in high levels of student attrition and failure. In addressing this issue, a unique approach to engineering education has been developed by one of the paper authors. This approach, which is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate levels, brings together pedagogic and engineering epistemologies in an empirically grounded framework. It is underpinned by three distinctive concepts: Relationships, Variety & Alignment. Based upon research, the R + V + A approach to engineering education provides a learning and teaching strategy which in enhancing the student experience increases retention and positively impacts student success. In discussing the emergent findings of a study into the pedagogical value of the approach the paper makes a significant contribution to academic theory and practice in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSRHE Annual Research Conference
PublisherSociété Eropéenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2010
EventSRHE Annual Research Conference 2010 -
Duration: 14 Dec 201016 Dec 2010


ConferenceSRHE Annual Research Conference 2010


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