A question: What is engineering? What differentiates an engineer from a scientist?
There are many reasons for encouraging people to learn about engineering, and therefore there is no unique meaning for the phrase ‘Engineering Education’. In this chapter some of the main motives for teaching engineering will be explored. The remainder of the book will tend to focus on just one of the implied tasks – the preparation of students for a career as a practising professional engineer. However, many of the techniques which will be discussed are applicable whatever the intended outcome for the student. Notice that already a piece of educational jargon has almost crept in: The phrase ‘learning outcome’ will be defined in Chapter 2.
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