Relationships, variety & synergy: the vital ingredients for scholarship in engineering education? A case study

Robin Clark*, Jane Andrews

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This paper begins with the argument that within modern-day society, engineering has shifted from being the scientific and technical mainstay of industrial, and more recently digital change to become the most vital driver of future advancement. In order to meet the inevitable challenges resulting from this role, the nature of engineering education is constantly evolving and as such engineering education has to change. The paper argues that what is needed is a fresh approach to engineering education – one that is sufficiently flexible so as to capture the fast-changing needs of engineering education as a discipline, whilst being pedagogically suitable for use with a range of engineering epistemologies. It provides an overview of a case study in which a new approach to engineering education has been developed and evaluated. The approach, which is based on the concept of scholarship, is described in detail. This is followed by a discussion of how the approach has been put into practice and evaluated. The paper concludes by arguing that within today's market-driven university world, the need for effective learning and teaching practice, based in good scholarship, is fundamental to student success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-600
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number6
Early online date18 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • relationships
  • scholarship
  • student-success
  • synergy
  • variety


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