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A Consultant Self-Exploration: An Autoethnography Addressing Educational Change Efforts in Chilean Engineering Education

Vega, Rodolfo Manuel (2021) A Consultant Self-Exploration: An Autoethnography Addressing Educational Change Efforts in Chilean Engineering Education. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In this study I explore education consulting as a whole person learning experience, by applying autoethnography methodology. I focus my analytical attention to specific themes that impact my on-the-job learning, while working as an educational consultant in an undergraduate engineering curriculum redesign effort, under a competence-based education and credit system framework. I examine three key themes that emerged from my analysis of my experiences as an educational consultant: i) bias that appears to underlie the participants’ perceptions and attitudes toward the faculty’s role in the education process; ii) the politics of education curriculum reform, as seen from the perspective of an academic department; and iii) education consulting as a non-formal teaching and learning activity, as a way to incorporate all actors in redesign efforts. Each of these themes are presented here, in three main chapters that follow the first-person narrative of the autoethnography report style. I introduce autoethnography as a key research methodology, very well suited to achieve the goals of self-inquiry via systematic introspection, as the consultant’s metacognitive effort to highlight personal lessons learned from the job done.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Vega, Rodolfo Manuelrmv12@pitt.edurmv120000-0002-8258-2766
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWeidman II, John Cweidman@pitt.eduweidman
Committee CoChairMcClure, Maureenmmcclure@pitt.edummcclure
Committee MemberTrovato, Charlenetrovato@pitt.edutrovato
Committee MemberArmony, Arielarmony@pitt.eduarmony
Date: 31 August 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 6 May 2021
Approval Date: 31 August 2021
Submission Date: 13 July 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 105
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autoethnography, autoethnographic education consulting, education consulting, higher education pedagogy, consulting in engineering education, whole person learning, autoethnography and self-transformation, education as welf-transformation
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2021 15:23
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2021 15:23


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