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What Should We Teach?: A Study of Stakeholders’ Preceptions on Curriculum Content
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
2016 (English)In: The 12th International CDIO Conference: Proceedings – Full papers / [ed] Jerker Björkqvist, Kristina Edström, Ronald J. Hugo, Juha Kontio, Janne Roslöf, Rick Sellens & Seppo Virtanen (eds.), Turku: Turku University of Applied Sciences , 2016, 266-278 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Bachelor of Engineering is a complex form of education; it has to meet the requirements of higher education in terms of academic stringency and scientific approaches, and at the same time fulfil the requirements of the companies and other takers on employability and professionalism. The aim of the CDIO initiative is to help educational institutions to fulfil the latter without losing the academic basis. Several studies have been made asking different actors to give their view on education and needed competencies, but these are often delimited to one or a couple of actors. One possible reason is the complexity of conducting such studies. This paper reports on a survey including program students, alumni and industry representatives and covers their perceptions of what is important to include in a Bachelor of Engineering program, and what is not. The methodological issues and choices as well as the main results are accounted for. The program in focus is a three-year Bachelor of Engineering in Forest and Wood Engineering taught at Linnaeus University, and the questions regarding content were based on the CDIO syllabus.


Results show that there are some contents all three groups of actors regard as important; all found knowledge in forestry, material sciences and technology related to wood industry as important. Also, analytic and communication skills, and the ability to work in groups were seen as important. Understanding social and environmental conditions and enterprise and business terms was also necessary. Least important was the ability to communicate in foreign languages and knowledge regarding construction technology and deepened knowledge of forestry.

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Turku: Turku University of Applied Sciences , 2016. 266-278 p.
, Research Reports from Turku University of Applied Sciences, ISSN 1796-9964 ; 45
Keyword [en]
Educational content, CDIO syllabus, mixed study research, stakeholder demands, actors perception, Standards: 2, 11
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Pedagogical Work
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Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Terotechnology
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-54264ISBN: 978-952-216-610-4OAI: diva2:943100
12th International CDIO Conference, Enhancing Innovation Competencies through advances in engineering education,Turku, Finland,June 12-16, 2016
Available from: 2016-06-27 Created: 2016-06-27 Last updated: 2016-08-17Bibliographically approved

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