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A Comparison Of Attitudes About Engineering Between Introductory Design Students In Different Programs

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Cognitive and Motivational Issues in Student Performance I

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Educational Research and Methods

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12.18.1 - 12.18.12



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Linda Lindsley Arizona State University

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Veronica Burrows Arizona State University

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A Comparison of Attitudes about Engineering between Introductory Design Students in Different Programs


This paper discusses the difference in attitudes about engineering between students enrolled in two different types of engineering design courses: standard introduction to engineering design offered to freshman engineering majors and a course in engineering design offered to in-service secondary math and science teachers. This latter course is part of a series of courses, offered through the NSF-sponsored MSP (Math and Science Partnership): Project Pathways,1 designed to help integrate mathematics and science, and can be taken as partial fulfillment of a Master’s degree in Science/Math Education. An attitude survey, based on the well-documented PFEAS (Pittsburgh Freshmen Engineering Attitude Survey),2 was taken by both sets of learners. Both groups completed the survey at the beginning and end of the Fall 2006 semester. Initial data shows a statistically significant difference between the two groups in attitudes about engineering. The greatest difference in the two groups’ attitudes at the beginning and end of the semester was in the area of the subjects’ perception of how engineers contribute to society. At the beginning of the semester, on a 5-point Likert scale student and teacher mean responses to the group of questions regarding engineering and society had a statistically significant mean difference of .72, p

Lindsley, L., & Burrows, V. (2007, June), A Comparison Of Attitudes About Engineering Between Introductory Design Students In Different Programs Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2503

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