June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Educational Research and Methods
Identity theorists contend that each person possesses their own set of personal traits or identity that varies as they move from one context to another. Based on the work of Gee, primarily the affinity identity category of his theory, we posit that students develop identities within their discipline from the earliest days of their choice of what to study and where to study. Data were collected from 65 first-year Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry students at a large public rural-based research and engineering intensive university and an urban public research institution with a more diverse student intake based on its geographical location. The disciplines were chosen to highlight the distinctive features of engineering formation and two closely related science programs at each university. From our preliminary analysis of the first-year data, we show how students’ choice what to study relates to their emerging identity.
Pitterson, N. P., & Agrawal, A., & Case, J. M., & Krost, K. (2019, June), The Impact of Disciplinary Knowledge and the Curriculum on the Development of Student Identity Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33395
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