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Models for Research-based Teaching in Engineering Courses



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Models for research based teaching in engineering courses a case study at the University of Aveiro PT and San Jos State University USA Isabel Huet1 Nikos J Mourtos2 Nilza Costa3 Osvaldo Pacheco4 Jos Tavares5 Abstract There is considerable educational literature to suggest that the way universities conceive and manage the relationship between research and teaching impacts negatively or positively teaching practices and student learning in Higher Education Although the relevance of linking research and teaching is perceived as of central importance by many authors and university leaders empirical findings suggest that research does not always influence the teaching quality and vice versa The purpose of this communication is to analyse how institutional policies and practices can help or hinder engineering faculty members to link their teaching and research and how academics perceive the teaching research nexus with the broader objective to enhance quality teaching and learning in Higher Education More specifically the objective of this research is to investigate a range of institutional policies and practices at the Universities of Aveiro PT and San Jos State USA aiming at understanding how engineering faculty use research based teaching in their classes Empirical findings suggest that a research based teaching model engages more actively the students in the daily tasks and develops deeper critical thinking Index Terms engineering education informed based teaching research based teaching INTRODUCTION NATIONAL POILICIES IN PORTUGAL AND USA Under the Bologna reform still in progress in Portugal major changes are being introduced in the organisation of higher education concerning both the degree structure and the organisation of teaching with effects that started in the academic year 2006 07 The most visible change is the 3year undergraduate degree which replaced the 5 year degree in most fields except some engineering courses which have an integrated masters This new



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