Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

Engineering education in the Arab Gulf States (the Region) faces significant challenges as it seeks to meet the demands on the engineering profession in the twenty first century. This paper focuses on classroom-based pedagogies of engagement, and cooperative learning strategies in particular. The paper is a follow up to previous work by the author, on viable strategies to improve the classroom environment of engineering colleges in the Region. At the start, the paper provides an overview of relevant benchmarks of engineering education in the Region. Then, relates author’s preliminary findings on teaching/learning practices in Region’s colleges, sheds light on the pros and cons of the lecture format, and examines the literature on substance of different active learning protocols, focusing on cooperative engagement strategies. Next, it identifies barriers to reformation in general, and to the use of modern pedagogical skills in particular. What is necessary to create a change, is for the department or college, to have a comprehensive and feasible set of plans: articulated expectations, opportunities for faculty to learn about new pedagogies, and an equitable reward system. The paper focuses on proper delivery of engineering courses, including geotechnical engineering subjects. Also, argues that institutional support is of paramount importance in moving the process forward.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Seventh Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

4-29-2013

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2013 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Enhancement of Engineering Education in the Arab Gulf States Through Cooperative Learning Protocols

Chicago, Illinois

Engineering education in the Arab Gulf States (the Region) faces significant challenges as it seeks to meet the demands on the engineering profession in the twenty first century. This paper focuses on classroom-based pedagogies of engagement, and cooperative learning strategies in particular. The paper is a follow up to previous work by the author, on viable strategies to improve the classroom environment of engineering colleges in the Region. At the start, the paper provides an overview of relevant benchmarks of engineering education in the Region. Then, relates author’s preliminary findings on teaching/learning practices in Region’s colleges, sheds light on the pros and cons of the lecture format, and examines the literature on substance of different active learning protocols, focusing on cooperative engagement strategies. Next, it identifies barriers to reformation in general, and to the use of modern pedagogical skills in particular. What is necessary to create a change, is for the department or college, to have a comprehensive and feasible set of plans: articulated expectations, opportunities for faculty to learn about new pedagogies, and an equitable reward system. The paper focuses on proper delivery of engineering courses, including geotechnical engineering subjects. Also, argues that institutional support is of paramount importance in moving the process forward.