Document Type

Contribution to Book

Title

Tensions Between Industry and Academia: Policy Making and Curriculum Development

Source Publication

The Engineering-Business Nexus : Symbiosis, Tension and Co-Evolution

Publication Date

2018

Editor

Steen Hyldgaard Christensen, editor ; Bernard Delahousse, editor ; Christelle Didier, editor ; Martin Meganck, editor ; Mike Murphy, editor

Publisher

Springer

City

Cham, Switzerland

ISBN

9783319996363

First Page

475

Last Page

498

Department

Electrical Engineering

Publisher Statement

Elsewhere we have discussed the tensions inherent to being an engineer, and argued they are both necessary and constructive. These tensions necessarily impact on the role of the teacher and the role of the students in learning, and therefore, the curriculum. Curriculum mediates between the needs and values of higher education and those of the larger social system including businesses in a capitalist society, which partially funds it and for which it is claimed to serve. The purpose of this chapter is to examine the implications of this view. It is shown with reference to current debates in the US engineering education community that understanding and embracing these tensions has radical implications for the design and understanding of the curriculum. -- springer.com

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