Placements and EE among engineering students

Edward Simpson, Daniel Gilmour, Gary Mulholland

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Enterprise education (EE) is typically associated with the business school purpose, as the notion of enterprise implies business skills, but EE goes much further than preparing individuals for business; it involves creativity, initiative, and problem solving, which is the bread and butter of engineering. This chapter illustrates how Engineering students learn to solve problems both through complex interactions, learning by doing, and a creative mindset that co-creates EE. Specifically, this work examines how placements and traditional degree programmes can work together to develop highly skilled, creative and imaginative individuals beyond the classroom. Using a case study of a post-graduate construction course as a collaborative delivery between the UK and France, students were interviewed to investigate their learning and value their experience. The results indicate a strong learning outcome from interaction between theory, practice, academics and industry, when designed around Work Based Learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnterprising education in UK higher education
Subtitle of host publicationchallenges for theory and practice
EditorsGary Mulholland, Jason Turner
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781315518138
ISBN (Print)9781138698765
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2018

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NameRoutledge Studies in Entrepreneurship

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    Simpson, E., Gilmour, D., & Mulholland, G. (2018). Placements and EE among engineering students. In G. Mulholland, & J. Turner (Eds.), Enterprising education in UK higher education: challenges for theory and practice (pp. 150-164). (Routledge Studies in Entrepreneurship). Routledge.