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University teachers’ perspectives on the role of the Laplace transform in engineering education
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (Ingenjörsvetenskapens didaktik)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7708-069X
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Engineering Education, ISSN 0304-3797, E-ISSN 1469-5898Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The Laplace transform is an important tool in many branches of engineering, for example, electric and control engineering, but is also regarded as a difficult topic for students to master. We have interviewed 22 university teachers from five universities in three countries (Mexico, Spain and Sweden) about their views on relationships among mathematics, physics and technology/application aspects in the process of learning the Laplace transform in engineering education. Strikingly, the teachers held a spectrum of qualitatively differing views, ranging from seeing virtually no connection (e.g. some thought the Laplace transform has no relevance in engineering), through to regarding the aspects as intimately, almost inseparably linked. The lack of awareness of the widely differing views among teachers might lead to a lack of constructive alignment among different courses that is detrimental to the quality of engineering education.

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Taylor & Francis, 2016.
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Engineering education research; didactics (Pedagogy) of higher education; electrical engineering; mathematics education; constructive alignment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-129834DOI: 10.1080/03043797.2016.1190957OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-129834DiVA: diva2:944341
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Swedish Research Council, 721-2011-5570
Available from: 2016-06-29 Created: 2016-06-29 Last updated: 2016-07-06Bibliographically approved

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