Title: A contribution for the analysis of pedagogical training for teaching in electrical engineering

Authors: Marinez Cargnin-Stieler; Marcelo C.M. Teixeira; Rui M. Lima; Diana Mesquita; Edvaldo Assunção

Addresses: Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso, Campus Universitário de Tangará da Serra, Rodovia 358, km 7, Jardim Aeroporto, 78300-000, Tangará da Serra, Mato Grosso, Brazil ' FEIS, Faculdade de Engenharia de Ilha Solteira, Lab. de Pesquisa em Controle. Department of Electrical Engineering UNESP – Univ Estadual Paulista, Av. José Carlos Rossi, 1370, 15385-000, Ilha Solteiram, São Paulo, Brazil ' Dep. of Production and Systems, Algoritmi Research Center, School of Engineering, University of Minho, Campus of Azurém, 4800-058, Guimarães, Portugal ' Institute of Education, University of Minho, Campus of Gualtar, Braga, 4710-057, Portugal ' FEIS, Faculdade de Engenharia de Ilha Solteira, Lab. de Pesquisa em Controle. Department of Electrical Engineering UNESP – Univ Estadual Paulista, Av. José Carlos Rossi, 1370, 15385-000, Ilha Solteiram, São Paulo, Brazil

Abstract: This paper contributes to the discussion of pedagogical training of engineering teachers based on a case study carried out in higher education institutions in Brazil, namely in Electrical Engineering. For this purpose, the authors chose to articulate two research methods: document analysis of the courses offered in the postgraduate programs (Master and PhD) in Electrical Engineering and a survey conducted with students and teachers from 58 of these postgraduate electrical engineering programs. The data analysis indicated that most of the teachers agreed that pedagogical training should be offered to engineering students. Postgraduate students also showed interest in enrolling courses with pedagogic focus. With this analysis we can state that there is a need to rethink engineering education, in order to create conditions for the development of competences related with teaching and learning innovation. This study shows the needs and presents some recommendations to deal with these issues in this field.

Keywords: higher education; electrical engineering education; teacher professional development; pedagogical training; Brazil; engineering students; postgraduate students.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2016.080986

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2016 Vol.26 No.4, pp.405 - 418

Available online: 12 Dec 2016 *

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