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Engineering Survivors: Students Who Persist in Engineering Through an Academic Setback

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Works in Progress: Facilitating Student Success and Inclusion

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Educational Research and Methods

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Dong San Choi University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Dong San Choi is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;

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This work in progress is a qualitative study that explores the academic experience of undergraduate engineering students who persist in engineering despite an academic setback. This work is part of a larger study exploring the concept of grit for engineering students. Our sample population consists of engineering students who have earned a D or F in a required technical course but continue to persist in engineering. We use phenomenography as our methodology to describe the various ways in which engineering students respond to academic setbacks. We constructed four, qualitatively distinct categories based on our preliminary results. The finished analysis will provide insights to improving the retention of engineering students by understanding how to better support engineering students who have experienced academic setbacks.

Choi, D. S. (2016, June), Engineering Survivors: Students Who Persist in Engineering Through an Academic Setback Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26669

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