San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.543.1 - 25.543.10
Engineering education opportunities, perception, and career choice ofsecondary school students in Hong Kong SAR, ChinaAbstractThe quantity and quality of its engineers is vitally important in the development of Hong Kong(HK) and elsewhere. Engineering education in Hong Kong SAR, China (HK), however, is in afluid situation whereby there is a decline in number of local students pursuing training inengineering but an increasing number of mainland Chinese entering HK to study engineering.Here in HK, although a number of engineering outreaches have taken place; there is littleanalysis of the effect of these initiatives with regard to subject/ career choice. This paper presents an investigation into engineering education opportunities andengagement among secondary school students in HK. We adapted and validated an internationalquestionnaire and executed it in HK secondary schools. The questionnaire is designed to identifypedagogy, students’ perception, and experience (formal and informal) of engineering education,and measure their effects on students’ career choice in engineering. A key research question (RQ) is defined: RQ: How do factors like age, gender, family background (local versus new immigrants), subjects taken at school, and perceptions of the engineering profession affect their career choice in engineering?With a sample size of 730 HK secondary school students, some of our findings include: a highproportion of students in HK are interested in engineering topics, especially younger students;traditional teaching methods (characterizing mathematics and science) are unlikely to engagestudent interest; migrant and minority students are more positively inclined towards engineeringthan home students; and, girls’ interest is more likely to be enhanced via single-sex opportunities. Identifying factors affecting young people’s career choice in engineering is interesting asHK is in an early post-industrial position. Such study can provide an excellent comparativeexample to contrast between post-industrial societies such as the United States andindustrializing societies such as other cities in the mainland China.
Kutnick, P. J., & Chan, Y., & Lee, P. Y. (2012, June), Engineering Education Opportunities, Perception, and Career Choice of Secondary School Students in Hong Kong SAR, China Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21301
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