Penn State University , Pennsylvania
July 28, 2019
July 28, 2019
July 30, 2019
FYEE Conference - Paper Submission
The formation of an engineering identity is a key indicator for persistence within academic and professional spaces. However, this formation is often multi-faceted and complex, prompting investigations to understand specifically how engineering students form their engineering identity within the constructs of the first-year experience. This exploratory qualitative study utilizes content analysis to analyze engineering preconceptions in a first-year course. Data was collected from a medium-sized private university located in the Pacific Northwest and consisted of essays from 543 first-year engineering students. Students’ preconceptions of engineering centered around five key thematic areas: knowledge, perception, impact, method and performance. Results from this analysis indicate that students come into engineering with a variety of different preconceptions about engineering.
Dorie, B. L. (2019, July), Work-In-Progress: What is engineering? First-year students’ preconceptions about their chosen profession Paper presented at 2019 FYEE Conference , Penn State University , Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/33746
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