Publication Date

2018

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Roth, Gene L.

Degree Name

Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

Department

Counseling, Adult and Higher Education

LCSH

Community colleges||Education--Study and teaching||Engineering||Science--Study and teaching||Higher education

Abstract

This is a qualitative case study of the complete implementation of systems-level learning (SLL) pedagogy throughout a mechatronics engineering department in a community college in the United States. SLL was developed from the German engineering apprenticeship model, resulting in engineering graduates with what our German counterparts call Handlungskompetenz. Graduates of these programs have the flexibility to quickly adapt to new engineering systems and situations in a self-directed way without months of on-the-job training. This skill is related to adaptive expertise and is not the type of skill traditionally taught to engineering students. Chronological and descriptive analyses were performed on semi-structured interviews with the faculty and administrator stakeholders. Interview questions pertained to why SLL was implemented, how SLL was implemented, what stumbling blocks and best practices were identified in implementing SLL, and how the participants believed or did not believe the call for changes in engineering curriculum could be met by SLL. Theoretical constructs were developed from emergent themes to position the study for future research. Few studies exist on SLL implementation in the classroom and its curriculum integration. Findings of the study can inform faculty and administrators about institutional SLL implementation.

Comments

Committee members: Johnson, Laura R.; Kohut, Ann.||Advisor: Roth, Gene L.||Includes illustrations.||Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

233 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

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Text

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