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A bottom-up strategy for establishment of EER in three Nordic countries: The role of networks
School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8664-6854
Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark.
Department of Computer Science, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Physics and Electronics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (Ingenjörsvetenskapens didaktik)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7708-069X
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2016 (English)In: European Journal of Engineering Education, ISSN 0304-3797, E-ISSN 1469-5898Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the emergence of an engineering education research (EER) community in three Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland and Sweden. First, an overview of the current state of Nordic EER authorship is produced through statistics on international publication. Then, the history of EER and its precursor activities is described in three national narratives. These national storylines are tied together in a description of recent networking activities, aiming to strengthen the EER communities on the Nordic level. Taking these three perspectives together, and drawing on concepts from community of practice theory, network theory and learning network theory, we discuss factors behind the differences in the countries, and draw some conclusions about implications for networking activities in a heterogeneous community. Further, we discuss the role of networks for affording a joint identity.

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Taylor & Francis, 2016.
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engineering education research; research networks; community building; Nordic engineering education research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-129838DOI: 10.1080/03043797.2016.1190956OAI: diva2:944385
Nordic Council of Ministers
Available from: 2016-06-29 Created: 2016-06-29 Last updated: 2016-07-06Bibliographically approved

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