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Work-In-Progress: What is engineering? First-year students’ preconceptions about their chosen profession

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Conference

2019 FYEE Conference

Location

Penn State University , Pennsylvania

Publication Date

July 28, 2019

Start Date

July 28, 2019

End Date

July 30, 2019

Conference Session

M1B: WIP - Learning Experiences 2

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FYEE Conference - Paper Submission

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3

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https://peer.asee.org/33746

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Brianna L Dorie Gonzaga University

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Brianna L. Dorie is an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Gonzaga University responsible for the implementation of the first year engineering program. Her research centers around the formation of engineering thinking and broadening participation in engineering.

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Abstract

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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