International Perspectives on Engineering Education

Engineering Education and Practice in Context, Volume 1

  • Steen Hyldgaard Christensen
  • Christelle Didier
  • Andrew Jamison
  • Martin Meganck
  • Carl Mitcham
  • Byron Newberry

Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. Histories, Dynamics and Structures in Engineering Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-6
    2. Bernard Delahousse, Wilhelm Bomke
      Pages 71-94
    3. Édison Renato Silva, Roberto Bartholo, Domício Proença Jr
      Pages 95-104
    4. Balasundaram Subramanian
      Pages 105-123
    5. Maria Kostyszak, Jan Wadowski, Marcin Zaród
      Pages 125-143
  3. Ideologies of Engineering Education

  4. Reforming Engineering Education: Experiences and Cases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-224
    2. Joseph Herkert, Rachelle Hollander, Clark Miller, Frazier Benya, Chad Monfreda, Lynette Osborne
      Pages 249-259
    3. Jessica Smith Rolston, Elizabeth Cox
      Pages 261-278
    4. Andrew Jamison, Niels Mejlgaard, Jette Egelund Holgaard
      Pages 279-301
  5. Innovative Approaches and New Pathways

About this book


This inclusive cross-cultural study rethinks the nexus between engineering education and context. In so doing the book offers a reflection on contextual boundaries with an overall boundary crossing ambition and juxtaposes important cases of critical participation within engineering education with sophisticated scholarly reflection on both opportunities and discontents.

Whether, and in what way engineering education is or ought to be contextualized or de-contextualized is an object of heated debate among engineering educators. The uniqueness of this study is that this debate is given comprehensive coverage – presenting both instrumentally inclined as well as radical positions on transforming engineering education.

In contextualizing engineering education, this book offers diverse commentary from a range of disciplinary, meta- and interdisciplinary perspectives on how cultural, professional, institutional, and educational systems contexts shape histories, structural dynamics, ideologies and challenges as well as new pathways in engineering education. Topics addressed include examining engineering education in countries ranging from India to America, to racial and gender equity in engineering education and incorporating social awareness into the area.

Using context as “bridge” this book confronts engineering education head on. Contending engineering ideologies and corresponding views on context are juxtaposed with contending discourses of reform. The uniqueness of the book is that it brings together scholars from the humanities, the social sciences and engineering from Europe – both East and West – with the United States, China, Brazil, India and Australia.


Engineering Curriculum Engineering Development and Education Engineering Education in India Engineering Educational Ideologies Engineering and Social Justice Structural Transformations in Higher Engineering Education Techno-anthropology Technocracy, Meritocracy, Democracy

Editors and affiliations

  • Steen Hyldgaard Christensen
    • 1
  • Christelle Didier
    • 2
  • Andrew Jamison
    • 3
  • Martin Meganck
    • 4
  • Carl Mitcham
    • 5
  • Byron Newberry
    • 6
  1. 1.Aalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Université Charles de Gaulle-Lille3LilleFrance
  3. 3.Aalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  4. 4.KU LeuvenGhentBelgium
  5. 5.Liberal Arts and International StudiesColorado School of MinesGoldenUSA
  6. 6.Baylor UniversityWacoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-16168-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-16169-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-7202
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-7210
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