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This presentation outlines a phenomenographic research study which aims to explore engineering academics experiences and conceptions towards developing professional skills within engineering students in Ireland. The research is undertaken in two phases. Phase One is an online survey circulated to academics teaching on engineering programmes in Ireland (n=273). Phase Two will consist of in-depth interviews.
The overall phenomenographic study aims to answer the research question;
- What are the qualitatively different ways that academics experience and conceptualise teaching and the development of professional skills in engineering programmes in Ireland?
Beagon, U. (2018) The Academic Perspective: A study of academic conceptions of the importance of professional skills in engineering programmes in Ireland. The UK & IE EERN Spring Colloquium in Newcastle, UK, 2018.