Student Perspectives On Sustainability In Engineering Education: Multiple Case Study Of European Bachelor's Programs In Industrial Engineering And Management

Francisca Trigueiros, Jenni Kaipainen, Frederico Silva, Niklas Geising, Erdem Ata Tosun

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Abstract

The global sustainability crisis is calling for engineers to take action. To enable and empower engineers to address this crisis, there must be a change in engineering education. Given the industry's key role in not only causing but also solving this sustainability crisis, it is especially crucial to improve how sustainability is addressed in industrial engineering and management (IEM) education. This paper examines (1) to which extent European IEM degrees are covering sustainability; (2) European IEM students' motivations to learn and work with sustainability topics; and (3) their perceptions of their degree's contribution to their knowledge and motivation regarding sustainability; and (4) which sustainability-related changes they would like to see in their degrees. Three IEM curricula covering different regions of Europe'Portugal, Germany, and Turkey'were analysed. The mixed-method analysis included a quantitative evaluation of the extent to which each course meets specific theory-based learning objectives pertinent to sustainability in engineering education. The analysis was complemented by students' perspectives, which were gathered through group discussions and interviews. The results reveal how sustainability is addressed in IEM education in different European regions, its impact on students' knowledge and motivation for sustainability issues, and how sustainability in engineering education should be developed based on students' perceptions. These findings contribute to the research on sustainability in engineering education and support university teachers in revising engineering study programs to provide adequate sustainability understanding and skills to students.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEFI 2023 - 51st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering Education for Sustainability, Proceedings
EditorsGer Reilly, Mike Murphy, Balazs Vince Nagy, Hannu-Matti Järvinen
Pages1327-1336
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9782873520267
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 11 Sept 202314 Sept 2023

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education
Country/TerritoryIreland
CityDublin
Period11/09/2314/09/23

Keywords

  • case study
  • engineering education
  • industrial engineering and management
  • students perspectives
  • sustainability

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • Education

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