Wicked Problems in Engineering Education: Preparing Future Engineers to Work for Sustainability
Doctoral thesis, 2017
Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Engineering Education Research - EER (Chalmers)
Lönngren, J., Adawi, T., & Svanström, M. (n.d). Scaffolding strategies in a rubric-based intervention to promote engineering students' ability to address wicked problems.
Unfortunately, most engineering education today does not adequately prepare students to work with wicked problems. This is partly due to a lack of research on what engineering students need to learn to be able to do so, and how that ability can be taught and assessed in engineering education. This thesis aims to address those questions.
The research described in this thesis suggests that engineering students need to learn to use an integrative approach to wicked problems rather than dividing problems into parts and trying to solve each part in isolation. It also suggests that learning to use such an integrative approach is challenging, both intellectually and emotionally, and that the current culture in engineering education may hinder rather than support students in learning to integratively address wicked problems.
To support educators in dealing with these challenges in engineering education practice, this thesis includes descriptions of practical tools that engineering educators can use for teaching their students to integratively address wicked problems. The tools have been developed on the basis of theoretical research as well as practical experience. Educators can use these tools directly in their teaching practice, or they can use them as an inspiration to develop their teaching. Thus, the research described in this thesis can contribute to addressing some of the most challenging and urgent problems of the near future.
Doktorsavhandlingar vid Chalmers tekniska högskola. Ny serie: 4283
Chalmers University of Technology
EB-salen, Hörsalsvägen 11, Göteborg
Opponent: Dr. Marie Paretti, Department of Engineering Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, USA