June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
The foundational engineering course outcomes identified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) are common across colleges and universities. A group of professors at a university located in the southwestern region of the United States are conducting engineering enculturation research of first year engineering students to the engineering profession. Engineering as a profession has its own norms, values and practices that are unique to its culture. Students begin to learn and assimilate to this engineering culture the moment that they begin their academic journey. The literature has indicated that there are several success factors for students during their first year of college in an engineering curriculum. How well a student assimilates to a culture is a key success factor. In research, a person’s self-efficacy is said to be an important factor that effects both their willingness to persist and successfully achieve their goals. This funded research can help to inform both literature and practice by shedding empirical insight into factors that enable the successful matriculation of students through their First Year Engineering program. In this work-in-progress, at least 400 students will be surveyed. These students are from multiple sections of a Foundational Engineering course. During this two year research, engineering students, primarily freshman, will self-report on their perceptions of their abilities to perform on the foundational engineering course outcomes as were established by ABET. In this quantitative assessment, the professors will analyze the Likert-scale data collected from the first year engineering students. Since research has shown that a person’s belief in their abilities is critical in translating their confidence into successful actions, likewise, the engineering student’s belief in his or her ability to perform foundational math, science, and analytical problem solving skills, as well as be a productive member of a high achieving team will increase the probability that the student will perform well academically, persist through engineering curricula successfully and become a practicing engineer. This paper contains the initial results from this work-in-progress to assess the student’s self-efficacy of ABET foundational engineering outcomes.
Wickliff, T. D., & Mendoza Diaz, N. V., & Richard, J. C., & Yoon, S. Y. (2017, June), First-Year Engineering Students' Perceptions of their Abilities to Succeed Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28365
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