Free ticketed event
0:00-0:15 - Welcome:
Introductions; Facilitators and participants, Agenda
0:15-1:15 - Philosophy of Social Science (Focus on Ontology and Epistemology):
Brief presentation followed by discussion about why philosophy is important and relevant to participants’ work as engineering educators and researchers; Activity in smaller groups to develop “chains of inquiry” that bring forward the beliefs, values, and assumptions underlying the work of engineering education and research. The objective of this activity is to identify the taken for granted knowledge and values that form our working philosophies; Large group debrief and discussion of working philosophies made explicit in small groups; Brief presentation followed by discussion about the nature of evidence and how we justify what we know about our work as engineering educators and researchers.
1:15-2:45 - Methodology in the Social Sciences:
Brief presentation followed by discussion about different methodologies and methods used for social science research. The focus is on a few of the common methods: case studies, ethnographies, and grounded theory—including the tools of survey questionnaires, interviews, and observations; Activity in small groups of crafting a miniproposal for research study comprised of research problem, research questions, and identify methods to answer the questions (basic research design); Activity in large group of critiquing miniproposals.
2:45-3:00 - Wrap up, follow-up, and close:
Final comments and questions; Follow-up including a list of further readings and resources on these topics; Contact information for those wishing to continue the conversation.
The limitations of time for this workshop preclude any in-depth consideration of this complex topic, however the objectives are to spend time together examining and enhancing our awareness of the underlying assumptions, beliefs, and values that drive individual working philosophies regarding our work as engineering educators and researchers. And why that matters. The breadth of material in this workshop can accommodate a range of experience in social science research, from novice to expert. Participants with expertise are welcome to contribute to the workshop experiences of those with less experience in social science.
The facilitators are currently collaborating on an NSF PFE RIEF grant that supports a study of the preparation of student engineers for the workplace and the development of social science research expertise in engineering education researchers through mentoring by social science researchers. The content developed for this grant is the basis of the content for this workshop.
Korte is the Co PI on the faculty of the Graduate School of Education and Human
Development, Department of Human and Organizational Learning. For the past several years Korte has studied, taught, and published on
social science philosophy, epistemology, and methodology—including papers, workshops, and
special sessions on the philosophy of engineering education at ASEE and FIE conferences.
LeBlanc is the PI
and on the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Mechanical and Aerospace