There and back again: an engineers (autoethnographic) tale

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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
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDoing Education Differently
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 STORIES Conference
EditorsKari Coffman Şahan, Marianne Melsen, Alice Tawell, Kaitlyn Newell, Kai Wortmann, Naheed Mukhi
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780995534810
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2017


  • autoethnography
  • engineering education


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