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ERIC Number: ED542110
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
I'm Graduating This Year! So What IS an Engineer Anyway? Research Brief
Matusovich, Holly; Streveler, Ruth; Miller, Ron; Olds, Barbara
Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (NJ1)
It is often assumed that graduating engineering students readily envision what it means to be an engineer and what type of work they will be doing as engineers in the future. How can one know if this is true? This research begins to answer these questions by aiming to understand undergraduate engineering students' perceptions of themselves as engineers in the future as well as by considering how these perceptions shape their choice to become engineers. This research begins an exploration of the choice process to become an engineer by examining identity and career choice as motivational constructs within Eccles' expectancy-value theory. More specifically, identity has been framed as engineering students' perceptions of themselves as engineers in the future. Career choice has been framed as continued enrollment in an undergraduate engineering major. This research has implications for both future research and for practitioners.
Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education. Available from: University of Washington. Box 352183, Seattle, WA 98195. Fax: 206-221-3161; e-mail: celtad@engr. washington.edu; Web site: http://www.engr.washington.edu/caee
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE)