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ERIC Number: ED542117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Outside the Classroom: Gender Differences in Extracurricular Activities in Engineering Students. Research Brief
Chachra, Debbie; Chen, Helen L.; Kilgore, Deborah; Sheppard, Sheri
Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (NJ1)
Student engagement in extracurricular activities, and the integration of these activities with academics, can be critical factors influencing student persistence. There is also evidence linking extracurricular and social involvement to career choices, goals and plans, as well as success in future employment and earnings. This paper explores the relationship of students to these extra- and co-curricular activities. Extracurricular activities can play an important role in exposing undergraduate engineering students to broader challenges that enable them to utilize and/or complement their disciplinary knowledge. Fostering integrative learning "across courses, over time, and between campus and community life" has been highlighted as an important goal of undergraduate education.
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)