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Board 59: Shame in Engineering: Unpacking the Socio-Psychological Emotional Construct in the Context of Professional Formation

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

Tagged Topics

Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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8

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https://peer.asee.org/30066

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James L. Huff Harding University

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James Huff is an assistant professor of engineering at Harding University. He is the lead investigator of the Beyond Professional Identity (BPI) lab, which conducts research that is aligned with unpacking psychological experiences of identity in professional domains. Additionally, James directs multiple student projects that use human-centered design in the context of community engagement. James received his Ph.D. in engineering education and his M.S. in electrical and computer engineering, both from Purdue University. He received his bachelor's in computer engineering at Harding University.

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Stephen Secules University of Georgia

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Stephen received a PhD in education at the University of Maryland researching engineering education. He has a prior academic and professional background in engineering, having worked professionally as an acoustical engineer. He has taught an introduction to engineering to undergraduate engineers and to practicing K-12 teachers. Stephen's research interests include equity, culture, and the sociocultural dimensions of engineering education.

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Nicola W. Sochacka University of Georgia

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Nicola W. Sochacka is the Associate Director of the Engineering Education Transformations
Institute (EETI) in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia. Dr. Sochacka’s
research interests span interpretive research methods, STEAM (STEM + Art) education, empathy,
diversity, and reflection. She holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Epistemologies and a Bachelor of
Environmental Engineering from the University of Queensland.

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Joachim Walther University of Georgia

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Dr. Joachim Walther is an Associate Professor of engineering education research at the University of Georgia and the Founding Director of the Engineering Education Transformations Institute (EETI) in the College of Engineering. The Engineering Education Transformations Institute at UGA is an innovative approach that fuses high quality engineering education research with systematic educational innovation to transform the educational practices and cultures of engineering. Dr. Walther’s research group, the Collaborative Lounge for Understanding Society and Technology through Educational Research (CLUSTER), is a dynamic interdisciplinary team that brings together professors, graduate, and undergraduate students from engineering, art, educational psychology, and social work in the context of fundamental educational research. Dr. Walther’s research program spans interpretive research methodologies in engineering education, the professional formation of engineers, the role of empathy and reflection in engineering learning, and student development in interdisciplinary and interprofessional spaces.

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Benjamin Okai Harding University

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Benjamin Okai is an Adjunct instructor and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Harding University. My background is in Counselor education and Supervision and a licensed professional counselor and a supervisor in the stake of Arkansas. My clinical experience dates back to 2008. I have a strong passion for scholarship and research simply because through these academic professional endeavors relationships are built, knowledge base is broadened, the quality of life is improved, and the world becomes a better place for humankind.

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Kanembe Shanachilubwa Harding University

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I am an undergraduate mechanical engineering major anticipating graduation in May of 2018. I am a member of the Beyond Professional Identity research group based in Harding University located in Searcy, Arkansas. I plan to further my studies in engineering education in graduate school particularly in regards to equipping students to work in development and sustainability.

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Jeremiah Sullins

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Shari E. Miller University of Georgia

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Shari E. Miller is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses broadly on social work education and the social work profession with specific areas ranging from educational innovation, thinking in and for social work, development of theory, inter- and trans-disciplinary and inter-professional education and practice, and professional socialization. She has experience teaching across the social work education continuum, with an emphasis on theory, practice, and the relationship between theory, research, and practice. She is engaged in an ongoing collaborative research program with colleagues from engineering to develop inter-disciplinary approaches to education for reflective inter-professional practice in a global society. She also collaborates with colleagues from multiple disciplines on community engaged projects focused on sustainability.

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Abstract

This paper summarizes the outcomes of early research activity that is related to an investigation on shame in the context of engineering education. We are investigating shame as an individual experience that occurs in the particular sociocultural context of engineering education and practice. We list the research questions below and provide detail regarding our working theoretical model for shame and justification for investigating this in the engineering education context. Furthermore, we provide a summary of our data collection efforts. We are using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) to interview engineering students about their experiences of shame and ethnographic focus groups to describe the landscape of sociocultural expectations that establish a platform for students’ experiences with this emotional construct.

Huff, J. L., & Secules, S., & Sochacka, N. W., & Walther, J., & Okai, B., & Shanachilubwa, K., & Sullins, J., & Miller, S. E. (2018, June), Board 59: Shame in Engineering: Unpacking the Socio-Psychological Emotional Construct in the Context of Professional Formation Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30066

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