Analysis of Engineering Students‘ Needs in Interdisciplinary Education

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Analysis of Engineering Students‘ Needs in Interdisciplinary Education
Autor Olaf Bassus, Ahrens, A., Zaščerinska, J.
In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Engineering and Business Education 8-9 October 2015
Ausgabe Østfold University College, Fredrikstad, Norway, pp. 26-31
ISBN/ISSN: 978-3-924100-05-2
Erscheinungsjahr 2015
Jahrgang 2015
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Abstract: The success of interdisciplinary education requires analysis of students’ needs in interdisciplinary education. The research question is as follows: what are engineering students’ needs in interdisciplinary education? The aim of the research is to analyse engineering students’ needs in interdisciplinary education underpinning elaboration of a new research question for further studies. The meaning of the key concepts of needs analysis and domains of needs analysis is studied. Moreover, the analysis demonstrates how the key concepts are related to the idea of interdisciplinary education and shows a potential model for development, indicating how the steps of the process are related following a logical chain: interdisciplinary education → needs analysis from the students’ perspective → empirical study within a multicultural environment → conclusions. In the empirical study, explorative research was employed. Interpretive research paradigm was used. The empirical study carried out in June 2015 involved 30 engineering students. The results of the present research show engineering students’ needs in interdisciplinary education. The novel contribution of the paper is revealed in the newly formulated research question. Directions of further research are proposed. Keywords: Interdisciplinary education, students’ needs.