Practitioner-Educator Model for Human Factors / Ergonomics Education
Event Type
Discussion Panel
Technical Groups
TimeTuesday, October 5th10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
DescriptionHuman factors/ergonomics is an applied discipline. As such, we question whether academics who have not applied knowledge of the discipline to practical design problems are adequately prepared to teach the next generation of human factors/ergonomics professionals. A wide variety of other disciplines such as medicine, the building trades, clinical psychology, military strategy, aviation, and the visual and performing arts have all faced this question and come up with educational approaches that typically include educators who are highly skilled in the practice of the discipline. Terms such as practitioner-scholar and scientist-practitioner, and the apprentice models all reflect this notion of students learning from highly skilled, knowledgeable, and practiced professionals in their disciplines. Is it time for human factors/ergonomics education to adopt such a model?