The engineering pavilion - A learning space developing engineers for the global community

Gregory Tibbits, Lesley Jolly, Jolanta Szymakowski, Nicoleta Maynard, Moses O. Tadé

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Of the many factors, formal and informal, that facilitate engineering students' skills development and engineering identity, interactions with fellow students, teachers and industry are key. The Engineering Pavilion at Curtin facilitates these interactions in a building dedicated to students, providing a 'home' throughout their studies, a base for industry to engage with students, and stimulating concept understanding in a live (instrumented) building and learning space. To understand how students develop their learning, experience and behavior in this space, we need to understand the culture of the Pavilion. The theories of Pierre Bourdieu and the key concept of habitus, allow us to operationalize the concept of culture and understand the shifting mixtures of values and beliefs that underlie behavior. An ethnographic approach, studying a culture-shaping group at a single site, was employed. The Pavilion, recently opened, already supports student interactions. In moving from a habitus of student to graduate engineer, students' perceptions and behavior are influenced by these interactions. The larger field of engineering education also changes through adoption or revaluing new forms of behavior through the curriculum. The Pavilion hosts the development of changing habitus and exemplifies how innovative learning spaces can influence the norms of long-established disciplines.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2014 International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL 2014
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479944378
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning 2014 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 3 Dec 20146 Dec 2014


ConferenceInternational Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning 2014
Abbreviated titleICL 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
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  • Bourdieu
  • curriculum
  • habitus
  • learning spaces

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