Engineering Practice In A Global Context: Understanding The Technical And The Social by Bill WilliamsEngineering Practice In A Global Context: Understanding The Technical And The Social by Bill Williams

Engineering Practice In A Global Context: Understanding The Technical And The Social

EditorBill Williams, José Figueiredo, James Trevelyan

Hardcover | September 3, 2013

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This volume aims to provide the reader with a broad cross-section of empirical research being carried out into engineers at work. The chapters provide pointers to other relevant studies over recent decades ¿ an important aspect, we believe, because this area has only recently begun to coalesce as a field of study and up to now relevant empirical research has tended to be published across a range of academic disciplines. This lack of readily available literature might explain why contemporary notions of engineering have drifted far from the realities of practice and are in urgent need of revision.
The principal focus is on what empirical studies tell us about the social and technical aspects of engineering practice and the mutual interaction between the two.

After a foreword by Gary Lee Downey, the research presented by the various chapter authors is based on empirical data from studies of engineers working in a variety of global settings that include Australia, Ireland, Portugal, South Asia, Switzerland, the UK and the US

The following groups of readers are addressed:
¿researchers and students with an interest in engineering practice,
¿professional engineers, particularly those interested in research on engineering practice,
¿engineering educators,
¿people who employ, recruit or work with engineers.

Providing a much clearer picture of engineering practice and its variations than has been available until now, the book is of interest to engineers and those who work with them. At the same time it provides invaluable resource material for educators who are aiming for more authentic learning experiences in their classrooms.

Further information, visit the website Engineering Practice in a Global Context Online:

Bill Williamsoriginally trained as a chemist at the National University of Ireland and went on to work in education in Ireland, UK, Eritrea, Kenya, Mozambique and Portugal and to run international distance courses for the International Labour Organization in various African countries.He is a lecturer at the Barreiro School of Technolog...
Title:Engineering Practice In A Global Context: Understanding The Technical And The SocialFormat:HardcoverDimensions:302 pages, 9.69 × 6.85 × 0.98 inPublished:September 3, 2013Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415636965

ISBN - 13:9780415636964


Table of Contents

On the historical nature of engineering practice
Antonio Dias de Figueiredo

Towards a theoretical framework for engineering practice
James Trevelyan

The practical confrontation of engineers with a new design endeavour: The case of digital humanities
Fr¿ric Kaplan and Dominique Vinck

Engineering design teams: Considering the forests and the trees
Jim Borgford-Parnell, Katherine Deibel, and Cynthia J. Atman

Working together across disciplines
Robin S. Adams and Tiago Forin

Engineering problem-solving in social contexts: ¿Collective wisdom¿ and ¿ba¿
Rachel Itabashi-Campbell and Julia Gluesing

Finding workable solutions: Portuguese engineering experience
Bill Williams and Jos¿igueiredo

Going back to heterogeneous engineering: The case of micro and nanotechnologies
Matthieu Hubert and Dominique Vinck

Professional lock-in: Structural engineers, architects and the disconnect between discourse and practice
Andrew Chilvers and Sarah Bell

Observations of South Asian engineering practice
James Trevelyan

Mathematics in engineering practice: Tacit trumps tangible
Eileen Goold and Frank Devitt

Engineers¿ professional learning: Through the lens of practice
Donna Rooney, Keith Willey, Anne Gardner, David Boud, Ann Reich, and Terry Fitzgerald