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Researching Diversity from Multiple, Diverse Perspectives

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2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference

Location

Crystal City, Virginia

Publication Date

April 29, 2018

Start Date

April 29, 2018

End Date

May 2, 2018

Conference Session

Race/Ethnicity Track - Technical Session II

Tagged Topics

Diversity and Race/Ethnicity

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9

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https://peer.asee.org/29573

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Avneet Hira Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Avneet is a doctoral student in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research interests include K-12 education and first year engineering in the light of the engineering design process, and inclusion of digital fabrication labs into classrooms. Her current work at the FACE lab is on the use of classroom Makerspaces for an interest-based framework of engineering design. She is also interested in cross-cultural work in engineering education to promote access and equity. She is an aerospace engineer, and is the present Vice President (Educational Content) of the Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED).

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Chanel Beebe Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Chanel Beebe is an Engineering Education Researcher at Purdue University where her work focusing on broadening participation in engineering and engineering thinking. Her passion lies in empowering communities to solve their own problems using creative pedagogies and engagement strategies. Her research looks at using the engineering design process to address social issues in a way that keeps the design process in the hands of communities that face the social problems.

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James Holly Jr. Purdue University, West Lafayette

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James Holly, Jr. is a Ph.D. Student in Engineering Education at Purdue University. He received a B.S. from Tuskegee University and a M.S. from Michigan State University, both in Mechanical Engineering. His research interest is exploring formal and informal K-12 engineering education learning contexts. Specifically, he is interested in how the engineering design process can be used to emphasize the humanistic side of engineering and investigating how engineering habits of mind can enhance pre-college students’ learning abilities.

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Kayla Renee Maxey Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Kayla is a doctoral student in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research interest includes the influence of informal engineering learning experiences on diverse students’ attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions of engineering, and the relationship between students’ interests and the practices and cultures of engineering. Her current work at the FACE lab is on teaching strategies for K-12 STEM educators integrating engineering design and the development of engineering skills of K-12 learners.

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Morgan M. Hynes Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Morgan Hynes is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University and Director of the FACE Lab research group at Purdue. In his research, Hynes explores the use of engineering to integrate academic subjects in K-12 classrooms. Specific research interests include design metacognition among learners of all ages; the knowledge base for teaching K-12 STEM through engineering; the relationships among the attitudes, beliefs, motivation, cognitive skills, and engineering skills of K-16 engineering learners; and teaching engineering.

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Abstract

I am a black man currently studying as a fourth-year doctoral student in an Engineering Education Program.I am a community-engaged scholar operating from a critical research perspective, primarily focused on out-of-school educational experiences for black youth.

I am a woman with a multiracial heritage descending from Indigenous tribes in the United States, enslaved ancestors from Africa and the Caribbean, and European immigrants. I live within the intersections of life as an athlete, engineering, researcher, and mom. These intersections that I navigate daily are at the core of my research interests.

I am an American woman of African Decent with deep roots in Detroit and Native Cultures. I am an artist by passion and industrial engineer by trade. I conduct research on and within the cultures I am a part of (Marginalized peoples, engineers, artists and entrepreneurs).

I am straight, white male who completed a Mechanical Engineering degree. Having participated in engineering education as a member of the dominant culture, I saw opportunities where we could change the culture and be more inclusive and welcoming of diverse perspectives and people.

I am an Indian woman who is living abroad. Having moved between several social groups, cities, and countries since I was a child, I know what it is like to feel like an outsider. With my work, I strive to empower people to find home wherever they find themselves.

In this paper we present autoethnographic work as a culmination of our personal narratives, to answer the question of how researchers from diverse backgrounds conduct research in issues pertaining to diversity in engineering education. Excerpts from these narratives that begin uncovering our identities and positionality are presented above. This work is situated in the understanding that research in diversity, the intentions behind it, and the people conducting it, are not identical.

Hira, A., & Beebe, C., & Holly, J., & Maxey, K. R., & Hynes, M. M. (2018, April), Researching Diversity from Multiple, Diverse Perspectives Paper presented at 2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference, Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/29573

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