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ERIC Number: ED542112
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Does Major Matter? A Look at What Motivates Engineering Students in Different Majors. Research Brief
Parikh, Sarah; Chen, Helen; Donaldson, Krista; Sheppard, Sheri
Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (NJ1)
There is strong evidence showing that the choice of undergraduate major has a significant net impact on future earnings. Other work shows motivational differences between men and women. In building on this previous work, this study looked at what motivates students in six different engineering majors to study engineering. The results of this study show that students' engineering major does matter when looking at what motivates them to study engineering. Findings suggest treating students in different majors differently when considering motivational factors of undergraduate engineering students.
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.; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE)