Interdisciplinary Cooperation between Engineering Education and Science and Technology Studies (STS)

공학교육과 과학기술학(STS)의 학제적 협력 방안 탐색

  • Han, Kyong-Hee (Engineering Education Innovation Center, Yonsei University)
  • 한경희 (연세대학교 공학교육혁신센터)
  • Received : 2013.11.21
  • Accepted : 2014.02.11
  • Published : 2014.03.31


This study reviews recently developed perspectives within Science and Technology Studies (STS) and engineering education including engineering ethics and engineering design, focusing on defining why interdisciplinary collaboration between those two areas is required and how it can be realized. The disconnection between those areas is closely related to the chronic diseases that has brought the mono-disciplinary, segmented educational system of 20th century: fragmented perception of reality and gradual loss of academic influence. This study consists of two sections: the first section reviews new movements among STS, engineering ethics and engineering design; the second section analyses how their combination is developing and what significance it represents. Recently, some scholars attach more importance to scalable scholarship of STS, that is, strategic expansion of the range of STS. This kind of attempts is gradually producing satisfactory results as it is combined with innovative efforts arising from the field of engineering education. This study emphasizes that, when STS and engineering education are combined and interact more with each other, it will broaden our prospects about engineering and society; it will, particularly, contribute to enhance our engineering education.


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