Finding and Educating Self and Others Across Multiple Domains: Crossing Cultures, Disciplines and Research Modalities

Citation:

Ramaswami, A. (2010). Finding and Educating Self and Others Across Multiple Domains: Crossing Cultures, Disciplines and Research Modalities. In What is Global Engineering Education For? The Making of International Educators (pp. 150-174) . Williston, Morgan Claypool Publishers.

Series Title:

Synthesis Lectures on Global Engineering

Abstract:

Global engineering offers the seductive image of engineers figuring out how to optimize work through collaboration and mobility. Its biggest challenge to engineers, however, is more fundamental and difficult: to better understand what they know and value qua engineers and why. This volume reports an experimental effort to help sixteen engineering educators produce "personal geographies" describing what led them to make risky career commitments to international and global engineering education. The contents of their diverse trajectories stand out in extending far beyond the narrower image of producing globally-competent engineers. Their personal geographies repeatedly highlight experiences of incongruence beyond home countries that provoked them to see themselves and understand their knowledge differently. The experiences were sufficiently profound to motivate them to design educational experiences that could challenge engineering students in similar ways.

For nine engineers, gaining new international knowledge challenged assumptions that engineering work and life are limited to purely technical practices, compelling explicit attention to broader value commitments. For five non-engineers and two hybrids, gaining new international knowledge fueled ambitions to help engineering students better recognize and critically examine the broader value commitments in their work.