Situated in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) at UCT, the Centre for Research in Engineering Education (CREE) was founded in 1996, with the aim of establishing and promoting engineering education as a viable research field at UCT and in the broader academic community. From its beginnings in engineering education at UCT, CREE has broadened its scope of interest to include educational research in the tertiary sciences and related disciplines.
The Centre seeks to develop theoretically informed and research-based ways of understanding teaching and learning in engineering, tertiary science, and related disciplines, and in particular has the stated objective:
To promote research that informs the development of the learning environment and educational process in engineering, science and related disciplines, in order to improve student learning and graduation rates, with specific reference to issues of race, gender and disadvantage.
In addition, CREE has the following subsidiary objectives:
- To build the capacity of academic staff to undertake educational research in engineering and related disciplines, as well as to implement the results of such research;
- To disseminate the results of educational research in engineering, science and related disciplines through publications, seminars and conferences; and
- To promote co-operation in education in engineering, science and related disciplines regionally, nationally and internationally.