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CeTUSS (Centrum för Teknikutbildning i Studenternas Sammanhang): A national center for pedagogical development in technology education
Uppsala University, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology. Uppsala University, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computer Systems. Datorteknik. (UpCERG)
Uppsala University, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology. Uppsala University, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computer Systems. Datorteknik. (UpCERG)
2007 (English)In: Meeting the Growing Demand for Engineers and Their Educators 2010-2020, 2007Conference paper, Published paper (Other (popular scientific, debate etc.))
Abstract [en]

Introduction

CeTUSS four years of activity have been spent working to achieve a goal central to the theme of this

summit as its Manifest illustrates:

CeTUSS promotes approaches to learning and teaching that improve the alignment of technology

education with the needs of society and students. The intent is to increase both motivation and

participation of students through the introduction of learning approaches that make the content

both relevant and meaningful. The methods by which the center accomplishes this mission are to

identify, develop, and disseminate ideas that make technology education

personally meaningful

socially relevant

interdisciplinary

based on collaboration (both local and international).

CeTUSS activities are primarily aimed at building a community of teachers/researchers active in

developing and evaluating student-centric pedagogical ideas. An important part of the vision is

enhancing communication between learners and teachers. Results are relevant to individual teachers, but

are also an important resource for staff developers and directors of undergraduate education concerned

with restructuring engineering education in the face of new expectations from employers and society.

Concrete activities include

Run a network and provide an inspiring meeting place for

Teachers

Staff developers

Subject-specific didactic researchers

Organize workshops and courses

Initiate local seminar series

Report research and development results at relevant conferences attended by those that will benefit

most from learning research results

Visit all relevant higher education institutions in Sweden

Build a knowledge-base

Run a development project

Internationalize the IT in Society course

A tenent of the center is that wider participation in engineering education will emerge as an indirect

effect of making technology education more integrated with societal aspects. We also expect this to

increase the relevance of engineering degree programmes for a broader range of students. Another

positive consequence is that the “traditional” technology student is expected to acquire a more

sophisticated and relevant repertoire of communication skills.

Since the center was launched in 2004 several new activities have emerged. In 2007 we have extended

our initiative to encompass building awareness of the pedagogical merits of introducing work place

skills into educational programmes. An important aspect of this is the identity issue, both from the

student and the educator point of view, as well as from potential future employers. We believe that being

clear about the relation between the education and the profession is crucial and will increase the quality

of the education and provide a base for recruiting engaged and motivated students.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-14619OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-14619DiVA: diva2:42390
Available from: 2008-01-31 Created: 2008-01-31

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