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Topic Title: Research on Teaching of Standards
Topic Summary: Formal Standards BSI, ISO, IEEE etc
Created On: 03 February 2014 11:46 AM
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 03 February 2014 11:46 AM
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We are carrying out research for British Standards Institute on how widely standards are taught in Further or Higher Education. While standards contain useful and important information that could be used within teaching, there is a concern that they are not taught widely. We are looking for any examples of good practice in the teaching of standards that could be applied elsewhere. We are also investigating the requirements for employers with respect to the knowledge of standardisation of new employees.

Please can you help us by completing a questionnaire at:

Survey for academics -

Survey for employers -

The survey should take 15 - 20 minutes. We much appreciate your help

Gill Whitney
Middlesex University
School of Science and Technology
 03 February 2014 12:39 PM
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Maybe you should also try engaging in discussions in the engineering forum and find out from the engineers here who have studied in higher education and who work for employers and who may be employers themselves on what they think about standards and where teaching/learning about them is relevant, and where they feel it is not, and thereafter you could put together a surve which may provide more useful/relevant information. I have spent many years in education and also many years working for employers and my take on education establishments is that those who have close links with employers tend to produce courses which are more closely aligned with what employers want and those who do not do not. I would suggest from my experience that there would be a relatively small amount of 'standards' knowledge required by all, in that we should also know what standards are, why they exist and how they are structured, implemented, maintained and audited etc., and what benefits they deliver and also what they cannot deliver. After that the more detailed/specialist requirements would tend to be as it relevant to the persons proposed area of work. If you work in H&S then 18001 standard would be relevant whereas for many businesses 9001 is relevant and yet for others it comes down to the standards which relate to particular equipment or processes. The technical standards are often detailed and complicated and rather uninteresting and so people often neither want to teach them or learn them to any great detail unless they are particularly relevant to a job. In addition to this they are often very expensive and once anything has anything to do with a standard the price seems to treble, be that auditing, training, purchasing etc., and yet the benefits are not always proportionate. My own experience has been to receive the basics in education but to have been taught to be able to learn by myself and then I have looked at standards when they have applied to the work I was carrying out; in this case I just took the information I required and that was that. A lot of the time we can go on a training course and be taught certain things which of course were derived from a standard; the part being taught related to a standard but the training itself covered a wider variety of things of which the standard item was just a part of the training. Regards.

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