The CLUSTER group (engineering education research at UGA) pursues a diverse range of research aspects contributing to a deeper understanding of students’ overall professional and personal formation:
- Empathy in engineering: We investigate ways to conceptualize and foster empathic ways of thinking in engineering education and practice.
- STEAM (STEM + Art) education: We explore how to integrate STEM and art education to enrich the hearts and minds of tomorrow’s leaders.
- Understanding engineering cultures: We study dominant ways in which engineering is framed in the public discourse and use these insights to construct alternative visions for the field.
- Reflective practice: We examine how deliberate reflection contributes to students’ meta-cognitive development and identity formation.