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ERIC Number: ED540125
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 462
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
An Overview of the Academic Pathways Study: Research Processes and Procedures. Technical Report #CAEE-TR-09-03. Summer 2003-Fall 2008
Sheppard, Sheri; Atman, Cindy; Fleming, Lorraine; Miller, Ron; Smith, Karl; Stevens, Reed; Streveler, Ruth; Clark, Mia; Loucks-Jaret, Tina; Lund, Dennis
Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (NJ1)
The Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE) began in January 2003 with a grant from the National Science Foundation (ESI-0227558). Two NSF Directorates, Engineering and Education and Human Resources, oversee the Center's work. The Academic Pathways Study (APS) is part of the Scholarship on Learning Engineering element of the CAEE. This document provides a picture of APS study design and implementation activities. Descriptions of the APS analysis methods, findings, and the more technical aspects of the research such as methodological background, sampling calculations, statistical methods, etc. are being reported elsewhere. The chapters in this document progress more or less chronologically. The following descriptions of each chapter provide a quick overview to orient the reader to the content of this document. Chapter 1 presents the overall goals and background for the APS research. This chapter includes information such as research and leadership team description, study design, participating school descriptions, data storage and analysis plans, and study terminology. Chapters 2 through 5 cover the longitudinal portion of the study, one chapter for each of the four years of longitudinal research on a cohort of 160 engineering undergraduates. These chapters contain information on recruitment, study group assignments, changes to original study design, data collection using four primary methods, and miscellaneous notes and reflections. Chapter 6 covers the Broader Core Sample (800+ students from the schools participating in the longitudinal study) and Chapter 7 covers the Broader National Sample (4200+ students from 21 institutions around the country). These two chapters describe CAEE's use of the APPLE (Academic Pathways of People Learning Engineering) survey to confirm findings from the longitudinal work discussed in Chapters 2 through 5. The two chapters include information about IRB approval, recruitment, sampling plan, data collection/survey deployment, and miscellaneous notes and reflections. Chapter 8 covers the school-to-work transition with the Workplace Cohort, describing the general methodology and the three threads of workplace data collection and analysis. The extensive appendices listed at the end of this document include study materials ranging from data access guidelines to sampling plans to data collection instruments. Appended are: (1) Process Documents; (2) Recruitment Documents; (3) Interview and ETD Instruments/Documents; (4) Survey Instruments; and (5) Other. (Contains 11 figures, 10 tables, and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE)