Student agency: a different paradigm for learning

E.J.L. van Dijck, M.J. Meijer, Thijs Roest, Femke van den Berg, Ruben Kalkman

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Sustainability transitions are not hindered by technological barriers but above all by the lack of well-qualified people. Educating the next generation of engineers and product designers is therefore more important than ever. However, a traditional widely used model of instruction and evaluation is not sufficient to prepare this next generation for the demands of society. It is appropriate that curricula should be adapted. If necessary, in a disruptive way. The question was how to develop an education module in which students are agents in their learning. In which students decide what and how they will learn, and in which they can prepare for a role in society that is in shock. To propel them in a new direction a disruptive education innovation has been designed and tested. This new method turns the traditional education model upside down. Students and lecturers are transformed in equal partners in an
innovation consultancy firm with a passion for engineering, product design, and with a focus on sustainability transition. Students explore their emotionally intrinsic values that enables them to accomplish great things, to experience meaning in their lives and work, and leads to a significant learning experience.
Purpose of this paper is to give individuals and organisations involved in higher education insight into a new method of education based on new values such as student agency, equal partnership, partnership learning communities, significant learning experience, and the strong belief students have the capacity and the willingness to positively influence their own lives and environment
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResponsible innovation for global co-habitation
EditorsIsabel Ordóñez, Paolo Sustersic, Lyndon Buck, Hilary Grierson, Erik Bohemia
PublisherThe Design Society / Institution of Engineering Designers
ISBN (Electronic)9781912254194
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2023
EventThe 25th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE) - Elisava, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 6 Sept 20238 Sept 2023


ConferenceThe 25th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE)
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