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‘‘We Don’t Want to Know Their Names!’’

A Long Way to Go from Engineering Versus Pedagogy to Engineering Pedagogy
  • Evgenia Sikorski
  • Cristina Urbina
  • Michael Canz
  • Evelyn Großhans
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 715)

Abstract

In the course of the last few years, our students are becoming increasingly unhappy. Sometimes they stop attending lectures and even seem not to know how to behave correctly. It feels like they are getting on strike. Consequently, drop-out rates are sky-rocketing. The lecturers/professors are not happy either, adopting an “I-don’t-care” attitude.

An interdisciplinary, international team set in to find out: (1) What are the students unhappy about? Why is it becoming so difficult for them to cope? (2) What does the “I-don’t-care” attitude of professors actually mean? What do they care or not care about? (3) How far do the views of the parties correlate? Could some kind of mutual understanding be achieved?

The findings indicate that, at least at our universities, there is rather a long way to go from “Engineering versus Pedagogy” to “Engineering Pedagogy”.

Keywords

Demotivated students Overburdened professors Non-pedagogical engineering education 

References

  1. Sikorski, E., Canz, M.: A cheer-and-challenge approach in teaching mechanics to demotivated freshmen. In: 5th IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, Bangkok, Thailand, 12/17, p. 6 (2016)Google Scholar
  2. Behrenbeck, S.: Profilierung durch Exzellente Lehre: Institutionelle Strategien von Fachhochschulen. Gleichartig – aber anderswertig? Zur künftiger Rolle der (Fach-) Hochschulen im Deutschen Hochschulsystem, p. 59. Bertelsmann, Bielefeld (2013)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Evgenia Sikorski
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cristina Urbina
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael Canz
    • 1
    • 2
  • Evelyn Großhans
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Offenburg University of Applied SciencesOffenburgGermany
  2. 2.URV (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)TarragonaSpain

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