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ERIC Number: EJ1115224
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
Outreach Initiatives Operated by Universities for Increasing Interest in Science and Technology
Gumaelius, Lena; Almqvist, Monica; Árnadóttir, Anna; Axelsson, Anders; Conejero, J. Alberto; García-Sabater, José P.; Klitgaard, Lene; Kozma, Cecilia; Maheut, Julien; Marin-Garcia, Juan; Mickos, Henrik; Nilsson, Per-Olof; Norén, Agneta; Pinho-Lopes, Margarida; Prenzel, Manfred; Ray, Johanna; Roxå, Torgny; Voss, Mirjam
European Journal of Engineering Education, v41 n6 p589-622 2016
Since the 1990s, the low number of students choosing to study science and technology in higher education has been on the societal agenda and many initiatives have been launched to promote awareness regarding career options. The initiatives particularly focus on increasing enrolment in the engineering programmes. This article describes and compares eight European initiatives that have been established and operated by universities (and in some cases through collaboration with other actors in society). Each initiative is summarised in a short essay that discusses motivation, organisation, pedagogical approach, and activities. The initiatives are characterised by comparing the driving forces behind their creation, how the initiative activities relate to the activities at the university, size based on the number of participants and cost per participant and pedagogical framework. There seem to be two main tracks for building outreach activities, one where outreach activities are based on the university's normal activities, and one where outreach activities are designed specifically for the visiting students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; Portugal; Sweden
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