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Reauthoring Engineering Identities as Belonging to a Community Engaged Profession

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Community Engagement Division Technical Session 3

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James L. Huff Harding University Orcid 16x16

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James Huff is an assistant professor of engineering at Harding University, where he primarily teaches multidisciplinary engineering design. His research interests are aligned with how engineering students develop in their career identity while also developing as whole persons. 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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Degnan William Lawrence

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Amanda Coleman

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In this scholarly practice paper, we critically examined if and how engineering students in a first-year design course internalized their professional identity as engineers who were engaged in their communities. We provide a description of the course, which used human-centered design projects as a mechanism to partner with community organizations. Based on a thematic analysis of three reflective essays (n = 105) for each student (n = 35), we found four distinct patterns related to identity development in relation to community engagement. We discuss implications from the findings regarding how educators can support students’ development as community-engaged professionals.

Huff, J. L., & Lawrence, D. W., & Coleman, A. (2020, June), Reauthoring Engineering Identities as Belonging to a Community Engaged Profession Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35121

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