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Phronesis, Authentic Learning and the Solution of Open-Ended Problems in Computing and Engineering Education
Robert Gordon Univ, Sch Comp Sci & Digital Media, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Robert Gordon Univ, Sch Comp Sci & Digital Media, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Robert Gordon Univ, Sch Comp Sci & Digital Media, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computer Systems. (UpCERG)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8465-7629
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2018 (English)In: 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

One of the most significant changes in Higher Education pedagogy that has occurred over the past fifty years is the idea that university students should not just be taught theoretical subject knowledge but should engage with practical aspects of their course so developing the skills and professional competences that will allow them to gain successful employment after graduation. In this paper, we relate this development to the Aristotelian notion of intellectual virtue and specifically the concept of phronesis. We discuss the way in which this idea has developed from classical beginnings to the modern educational setting, and argue that the notion of phronesis, that is, practical wisdom or prudential judgement, is crucial to a range of activities which are fundamental to science, engineering and computing education. These include an understanding of what it means to engage in authentic learning and the solution of open-ended or ill-structured problems. We also discuss the role the concept plays in describing key features of work-based learning. Finally, we make some comments concerning the relative value the education system places on different types of knowledge, and why an appropriate understanding of phronesis allows for a proper appreciation of contingent knowledge within the curriculum.

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Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2018.
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Frontiers in Education Conference, ISSN 0190-5848
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Computer Sciences Didactics
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Computer Science with specialization in Computer Science Education Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-367327DOI: 10.1109/FIE.2018.8658512ISI: 000468396900073ISBN: 978-1-5386-1174-6 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-367327DiVA, id: diva2:1266965
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48th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), OCT 03-06, 2018, San Jose State Univ, San Jose, CA
Available from: 2019-03-07 Created: 2018-11-30 Last updated: 2019-08-01Bibliographically approved

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