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What is engineering education for? Listening to the voices of some Spanish building engineers

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dc.contributor.author Fuentes del Burgo, Joaquín es_ES
dc.contributor.author Navarro Astor, Elena es_ES
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-01T17:45:03Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-01T17:45:03Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.issn 1726-0531
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10251/82201
dc.description.abstract Aristotle’s concepts of “episteme”, “techne” and “phronesis” are used to understand the relevance of the education that Spanish building engineers receive to their subsequent work as construction site managers. This paper aims to clarify the role of educational factors as they influence any disparities that building engineers who are working as site managers may feel. More specifically, the objectives are to explore the satisfactions and dissatisfactions they experience in doing their job; to describe the ways they find to cope with educational deficiencies; and to gather their suggestions for improving building engineering education. Using an interpretive approach within the qualitative paradigm, this study draws on data obtained from semi-structured interviews with a sample of 34 building engineers working as site managers in Castilla-La Mancha (Spain). According to the site managers themselves, Spanish universities mainly teach Aristotle’s episteme (abstract knowledge and general principles) and some techne (applied, technical knowledge and skills), which fall short of the expectations placed upon them by their employers. Because of the chosen research approach, the sample size is relatively small and results may lack generalisability. The results have practical implication for building engineering curriculum design related to the enhancement of building engineers employability and job satisfaction. The existing literature offers insight into job-educational mismatches of different occupations in different countries, drawing on survey questionnaires. There is, however, a gap in respect of Spain and the job of the construction site manager. This paper goes some way towards filling that gap, reporting on the experiences of some higher education “customers”: Spanish building engineers working as site managers. es_ES
dc.language Inglés es_ES
dc.publisher Emerald es_ES
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology es_ES
dc.rights Reserva de todos los derechos es_ES
dc.subject Construction project management es_ES
dc.subject Job satisfaction es_ES
dc.subject Construction es_ES
dc.subject Spain es_ES
dc.subject Design education es_ES
dc.subject Education and professional development es_ES
dc.subject Curriculum development es_ES
dc.subject Engineering education methods es_ES
dc.subject Aristotle es_ES
dc.subject Building engineering education es_ES
dc.subject Qualitative methodology es_ES
dc.subject Site management es_ES
dc.subject.classification ORGANIZACION DE EMPRESAS es_ES
dc.title What is engineering education for? Listening to the voices of some Spanish building engineers es_ES
dc.type Artículo es_ES
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/JEDT-04-2015-0019
dc.rights.accessRights Cerrado es_ES
dc.contributor.affiliation Universitat Politècnica de València. Escuela Técnica Superior de Gestión en la Edificación - Escola Tècnica Superior de Gestió en l'Edificació es_ES
dc.description.bibliographicCitation Fuentes Del Burgo, J.; Navarro Astor, E. (2016). What is engineering education for? Listening to the voices of some Spanish building engineers. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology. 14(4):897-919. doi:10.1108/JEDT-04-2015-0019 es_ES
dc.description.accrualMethod Senia es_ES
dc.relation.publisherversion http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-04-2015-0019 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpinicio 897 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpfin 919 es_ES
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion es_ES
dc.description.volume 14 es_ES
dc.description.issue 4 es_ES
dc.relation.senia 320712 es_ES


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