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Through 'Collaborative Autoethnography': Researchers Explore Their Role as Participants in Characterizing the Identities of Engineering Education Graduate Students in Canada

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Graduate Education

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Educational Research and Methods

Page Count

10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--29029

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https://peer.asee.org/29029

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372

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Jillian Seniuk Cicek University of Manitoba Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-3349-9704

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Jillian Seniuk Cicek is a PhD Candidate in Engineering Education in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and a research assistant and sessional instructor for the Centre for Engineering Professional Practice and Engineering Education in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada. Her areas of investigation include exploring innovative ways to teach and assess the CEAB graduate attributes; Engineering stakeholder perceptions of the CEAB graduate attributes; program accreditation; outcomes-based teaching and assessment; student-centered instruction and active learning strategies; instructor pedagogical practices and belief-systems; experiences of Engineering newcomers; and Engineering Education graduate students' identities.

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Patricia Kristine Sheridan University of Toronto

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Patricia Sheridan is a PhD candidate in the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. She holds a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, and is a core member of the Praxis cornerstone design teaching team. Her teaching and course development focus on creating interactive learning activities at the intersection of design, leadership, teamwork, and identity formation. Her research focuses on methods to improve the teaching and learning of team effectiveness in engineering design courses.

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Liz A. Kuley University of Saskatchewan

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Elizabeth Kuley is a graduate of civil engineering at the University of Saskatchewan and currently completing a Masters of Science studying the retention of engineering students at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Robyn Paul University of Calgary Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-5619-5754

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Robyn is a Master's student researching engineering leadership education at the University of Calgary. She graduated from Manufacturing Engineering in 2011 and worked in industry for a few years before returning to school.

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Abstract

This research paper is an examination of four researchers’ methodological approaches to an explanatory case study investigating the identities and experiences of the graduate student population engaged in engineering education scholarship in Canada. The researchers are members of this target population from four separate institutions across Canada. To attend to procedural validation, we have engaged in a collaborative autoethnography to explore how our dual identities as researchers and future participants have shaped our study design and survey items. Using qualitative research development documents, this research paper critically explores our experiences as both participants and researchers. We position our study within Walther, Sochacka, & Kellam’s process-oriented quality framework for interpretive research, identifying our roles, influences, and biases in order to develop methodological awareness, and make transparent our subsequent knowledge generation. Initial findings are interpreted through the lens of situated learning theory, and the conceptualization of an underdeveloped community of practice leading to an identity quandary. These findings will be used to inform the development of our larger research study.

Seniuk Cicek, J., & Sheridan, P. K., & Kuley, L. A., & Paul, R. (2017, June), Through 'Collaborative Autoethnography': Researchers Explore Their Role as Participants in Characterizing the Identities of Engineering Education Graduate Students in Canada Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29029

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