There and back again : an engineers (autoethnographic) tale

Moffat, Kenneth (2017) There and back again : an engineers (autoethnographic) tale. In: Doing Education Differently. University of Oxford, Oxford, pp. 77-84. ISBN 9780995534810

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    Abstract

    As a factory worker, who became a motor mechanic, an electronics technician, process engineer, university course director, associate dean and more recently a PhD student in education, I have an extremely varied experience of education and lifelong learning. As my research aim was to bring a different perspective to education, I also needed to take a different approach to research. So I began my PhD with a grounded theory style approach, and a reflexive autoethnography of my life of learning. An autoethnography exploring thirty years of my life was bound to uncover many themes, but one that stood out was my experience of a significant disconnect between engineering education and practice. This paper discusses the autoethnographic journey that concluded with me questioning how this disconnect is maintained. I conclude by briefly summarising how intend to explore this question in the latter stages of my PhD