Title: Aspects of quality in Continuing Engineering Education

Authors: Prof. Henk M.G.J. Trum

Addresses: Associate Professor, Secretary General of the Institute for Continuing Education, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Abstract: The field of Continuing Engineering Education comprises a diversity of course types, educational objectives and means, contents, organisational forms, types of students and teachers, in which |quality| is a rather vague notion. In this paper |quality| is considered a result of deliberated choices, decision-making and adaptation of wishes and possibilities between parties involved, and is restricted to selected educational means for the achievement of certain agreed objectives under specific circumstances. Three principles guiding the development of two-year postgraduate programs in technological design at the Institute for Continuing Education of Eindhoven University of Technology (EUT) are discussed as a contribution to the establishment of quality standards in this area. In accordance with these principles, a conceptual model for the construction, representation, comparison and evaluation of design education programs is discussed.

Keywords: continuing engineering education; technological design education; quality concepts; quality standards development; domain theory; continuing education; postgraduate education; higher education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.1992.030374

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 1992 Vol.2 No.1, pp.1 - 13

Published online: 15 Dec 2009 *

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