An investigation and development of high level control engineering training packages for higher education and industry

Jwaid, A.E., 2016. An investigation and development of high level control engineering training packages for higher education and industry. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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Abstract

This study investigates using the best technological pedagogical approaches for teaching in Higher Education (HE) in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), using Control Engineering as a case study. Five objectives directed the study: first, it examined tutors' understanding of integrated technology to pedagogy and content; second, it developed a self-assessment instrument of understanding integrated technology, content and pedagogy for tutors in HE; third, it examined approaches to selecting the content and developing the curriculum; fourth, it developed a teaching and learning framework for HE to meet the needs of students and the industrial sector; finally, it implemented and assessed this framework in real modules at Nottingham Trent University at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge framework (TPACK) guided this study and the instrument was developed to assess the tutors' understanding of the TPACK framework in HE. The study used qualitative and quantitative approaches (mixed methods) under the post-positivist and constructivist paradigms (worldview). Through the use of purposive sampling, a total of 111 tutors and 120 students responded to the study. The questionnaires were used as a quantitative method, and semi-structured interviews, open-ended questions, observations and the literature review were used as qualitative methods. Quantitative data was analysed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Principal Component Analysis (PCA) was used to check the validity of the instrument; Cronbach’s alpha was used as a reliability measure; t-test, correlation and regression were performed to examine the effectiveness of implementing a new pedagogical HE framework which was developed based on TPACK. The findings disclosed the validity of the TPACK framework in HE for control engineering teaching and indicated the likely benefits for HE STEM education in general; and they enabled the development of a self-assessment instrument for tutors in HE. The validity and reliability have been demonstrated in English; and the initial work on translation to Arabic is positive (originally, a case study was planned in Libya). The instrument helps to assess tutors in-service and pre-service training for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). This research proposes a training model within TPACK for tutors in HE, based on factor analysis (PCA) results, which clarify the most appropriate path to follow in particular training courses based on the real needs of the participant tutors. Finally, the research developed and investigated a new pedagogical framework (the AJ Framework) for teaching and learning in HE STEM and confirmed the effectiveness at BSc and MSc levels in control engineering.
This study recommends that training in TPACK and the AJ Framework would provide HE tutors with wider understanding of technology-enhanced teaching and learning. Also, that there is a need to integrate the student feedback system (student evaluation surveys for modules and courses) with the rest of the NOW system (Nottingham Trent Online teaching and learning Workspace). Potential areas of other future work are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Jwaid, A.E.
Date: August 2016
Rights: This work is the intellectual property of the author. You may copy up to 5% of this work for private study, or personal, non-commercial research. Any re-use of the information contained within this document should be fully referenced, quoting the author, title, university, degree level and pagination. Queries or requests for any other use, or if a more substantial copy is required, should be directed to the owner of the Intellectual Property Rights.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 12 Jun 2017 15:43
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2017 15:43
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30945

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