1st Edition

Engineering Teaching in China’s Higher Education A Social Realist Approach

By Tengteng Zhuang Copyright 2023
    212 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Based on a case study of engineering teaching in China’s higher education sector, this book unravels the interlocking influencing factors that condition the experience of engineering faculty members along with multiple stakeholders’ expectations of engineering teaching.

    What motivates and demotivates a university instructor to provide excellent teaching, especially in the disciplines where effective instructor guidance is crucial for student learning? This book gives evidence-based answers to this research question, drawing upon a social realist framework in relation to the disciplinary features of engineering and based on both qualitative and quantitative methods. It expatiates upon structural, cultural, and reflexive factors concerning both the academic profession and industry and how teaching behaviors are shaped. In doing so, the author advances pragmatic suggestions for higher education reform under the prevalent performance management systems, posing implications for global higher education in regard to what structural arrangements and cultural milieu should be in place to unleash the potential of engineering teaching.

    The book will appeal to scholars of higher education, Chinese and comparative education, and education sociology, and academics and policy-makers interested in engineering education and teacher education.

    1. Introduction  2. Researching Engineering Faculty Members' Teaching at Chinese Universities: The Design of the Study  3. Teaching Expectations in China’s Latest University Engineering Education Reforms: The Ideal Standards  4. Status Quo and Innovations  5. Structural Conditionings Shaping Engineering Faculty Members’ Teaching  6. The Work of Cultural Conditionings  7. The Reflexive Imperative of Teaching in Engineering Education  8. Exploring Teaching Agency in Quantitative Terms  9. Drawing the Strands Together: The Social Realist Explanations


    Tengteng Zhuang is currently Assistant Professor at the Institute of Higher Education, Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University, China. His main research area is engineering education at the university level, especially with a focus on teaching agency, pedagogical patterns, and university-industry collaboration.