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Methodologies for Engineering Learning and Teaching (MELT): An Overview of Engineering Education in Europe and a Novel Concept for Young Students

Methodologies for Engineering Learning and Teaching (MELT): An Overview of Engineering Education in Europe and a Novel Concept for Young Students
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Author(s): Bárbara Filipa Casqueira Coelho Gabriel (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Robertt A. F. Valente (University of Aveiro, Portugal), João Dias-de-Oliveira (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Victor F. S. Neto (University of Aveiro, Portugal) and António Andrade-Campos (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 29
Source title: Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurial Development and Innovation Within Smart Cities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Luisa Cagica Carvalho (Universidade Aberta, Portugal & CEFAGE - Universidade de Évora, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1978-2.ch016

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Abstract

The concept of Smart City comprises many levels of development, quality of life and wellbeing. One of the key aspects of this idea is the relevance of the overall education of citizens, on technical competences as well as responsible citizenship. Within the innovation-focused drive to future cities, scientific literacy is paramount, particularly considering engineering education. This is noteworthy for the education of today's students, preparing them for life in tomorrow's multifaceted technology-driven world, and directing them to personal and professional development within scientific careers. This Chapter describes the challenges and opportunities of education within today's society paradigms, with an eye on the Smart Cities of the future. A new, innovative and connected approach is presented, with concepts that encompass the main stakeholders in the scientific education system along with the main actors in society. A global and scalable education framework model is detailed, aiming to provide guidelines for an improved collaborative approach to STEM education in the future.

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