June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
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Analyzing Engineering Majors with an Interest in TeachingAbstractThis work describes a demographic analysis of student participation in teaching relatedprofessional development programming at a research extensive university. Nationally sponsoredefforts to increase the STEM workforce in the United States have gained recent prominencethrough such programs at the Race to the Top. Therefore, it is vital that we understand thecharacteristics of students who wish to help the nation meet its goals as educators who will helpstudents at all levels become part of the STEM workforce.In this work, we present typical characteristics for engineering majors displaying an interest inteaching as a potential career, where this interest is demonstrated by participation in specificprogramming designed to highlight the teaching pathway as a potential career option. This workbuilds on previous work published regarding this program in two ways: first, demographic databeyond gender and major are presented and now include ethnicity, GPA, age, class standing,transfer status, co-op status, and full or part-time status; second, both graduate and undergraduatedata is presented rather than undergraduate data only. This study was approved by theInstitutional Review Board and contains the following design components.The context for implementation of this study is a series of professional development activities forteaching and learning that includes advising, coursework, a la carte workshops, and mentoringand practicum experiences. Student participation in these activities has been trackedlongitudinally for two years with well over 380 students in database. Demographic data aboutthese students has been collected.Previous results have shown a disproportionate number of female students and students majoringin biomedical, chemical and bio-molecular, and industrial and systems engineering choosing toparticipate in programming for teaching careers. The paper expands this analysis to additionaldemographic characteristics and presents data on longitudinal participation trends for thispopulation. We also offer interpretations of what this data might mean when planningrecruitment strategies to bring engineering students into teaching careers.This work will contribute significantly to the available literature on recruitment of engineers aspotential teachers, and sheds light on how the current student population is reflected in nationalefforts to bolster the STEM workforce.
Newton, S. H., & Utschig, T. T., & Llewellyn, D. C. (2011, June), A Demographic Analysis of Engineering Majors with an Interest in Teaching Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17314
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