Standards for quality of research in engineering education

J. Bernhard, Caroline Baillie

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    © 2016 TEMPUS Publications.The understanding of quality in scientific work is fundamental and determines what researchers judge to represent reliable knowledge in their field. Although quality criteria are used daily in research, there are few extensive discussions available especially in Engineering Education Research (EER). For the development of future high-quality research in EER we argue that it is necessary that the EER-community begin to negotiate criteria for quality. In this paper we propose tentative criteria with a special focus on qualitative EER, although we argue that several of our proposed criteria are also appropriate for quantitative EER. Our proposed criteria are divided into three main categories: Quality of a study in general, quality of the results and validity of the results. We describe these in detail, together with a number of subcategories for each and introduce a hypothetical study to exemplify our criteria. It is stressed that the proposed criteria are tentative and that criteria need to be open for debate and need to evolve as research evolves.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Journal of Engineering Education
    EditorsRobin Clark, Khairiyah Mohd Yusof, Mohd Fadzil Daud
    Place of PublicationUSA
    PublisherTempus Publications
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Print)0949149X
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventResearch in Engineering Education Symposium: REES 2013 - Putrajaya, Malaysia
    Duration: 1 Jan 20116 Jul 2013

    Publication series

    NameInternational Journal of Engineering Education
    PublisherTempus Publications
    ISSN (Print)0949-149X


    ConferenceResearch in Engineering Education Symposium
    Abbreviated titleREES
    City Putrajaya


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