Gear switching: From technical vs. social to sociotechnical in an introductory control systems course

Kathryn Johnson, Jon Leydens, Barbara Moskal, Sepedeh Kianbakht

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Abstract

Practicing engineers regularly impact people and communities through their designs, yet the integration of social and technical factors in engineering education is often lacking or absent. This paper describes the initial integration of social justice into an introductory feedback control class at a public four-year university. We begin with a description of the class and the purpose and scope of social justice integration. Next, we report on our assessment results, focusing on data acquired through assignments, focus groups, and individual interviews with students. Focus group and individual interview data indicate that students switch gears between social and technical factors in their technical studies because these two concepts are often treated as separate, unrelated entities. This gear switching can make the integration of social and technical elements more difficult, but also offers opportunities for deeper learning and better preparation for the engineering profession.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 American Control Conference, ACC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages6640-6645
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467386821
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 28 2016
Event2016 American Control Conference, ACC 2016 - Boston, United States
Duration: Jul 6 2016Jul 8 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
Volume2016-July
ISSN (Print)0743-1619

Conference

Conference2016 American Control Conference, ACC 2016
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period07/6/1607/8/16

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