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Individual peculiarities of engineering students attending minor degree programs. Research on psychology and education.

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2016 ASEE International Forum


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

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Farida Tagirovna Shageeva Kazan National Research Technological University

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Doctor of Education, Professor of the department of Engineering Education and Psychology, Dean of the Faculty of Additional Education at the Kazan National Research Technological University. Scientific interests: educational technologies, innovations in educational practice.

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Inna Mikhailovna Gorodetskaya Kazan National Research Technological University

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Inna M. Gorodetskaya is associate professor at the Department of Engineering Education and Psychology of the Kazan National Research Technological University (Russia). She has Ph.D. in Social Psychology and also works as head of the minor degree program in Psychology at the university. Scientific interests: motivation, value system of a person, self-development, diversity issues.

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Liliya Vasilievna Prikhodko

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Professional activity of a contemporary global engineer requires constant improvement of engineering training. One of the ways to make the educational system more flexible and correspondent to the real labor market environment in Russia is the so-called “Additional professional education” (minor courses). At the Kazan National Research Technological University there is an option for the top students to acquire an additional degree in Education, Management, Law, Psychology, Foreign Languages, etc. at the Faculty of Additional Education (FAE). The study was aimed at creating a psychological profile of the minor degree students majoring in engineering. A survey was given to the students and to the faculty. The survey results allowed concluding that minor degree gives more opportunities for individualization. Typical personal profiles of students who attend various minor degree programs were made basing on the survey data. Within engineering major a students has not enough flexibitity to choose courses according to their personal peculiarities and motivation, meanwhile in minor degree courses their individuality is reflected. In general students who prefer to study additional courses simultaneously with their engineering major have integrated personality, are fully aware of their values and motives and have businesslike character. At the same time every particular program attracts students of specific type of personality. Self-confidence, assertion, and leadership potential characterize those who choose minor courses in management. Empathy and outgoingness make them choose pedagogy and psychology. Students who choose foreign languages and professional translation are communicative, conforming and the least conservative. Students with critical thinking and low conformism study law. Thus their individual traits correspond their minor. Professors who teach at the FAE were also given a questionnaire that consisted of two parts: assessment of the students’ cognitive skills (analytical, systemic, logical thinking) and of their personal traits (independence, responsibility, reliability, etc). In general faculty gave big points to the FAE students as intellectual, creative persons with broad outlook, original way of thinking and leadership potential. According to the professors’ opinion FAE students have better cognitive skills and personal qualities than those who study only their major. Additional professional education of engineering students is per se an exclusive possibility for the top students to increase their marketabitity and to realize their personal potential in the future engineering career.

Shageeva, F. T., & Gorodetskaya, I. M., & Prikhodko, L. V. (2016, June), Individual peculiarities of engineering students attending minor degree programs. Research on psychology and education. Paper presented at 2016 ASEE International Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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