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ERIC Number: EJ1119866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0897-5264
Journeys to Meaning-Making: A Longitudinal Study of Self-Authorship among Young South African Engineering Graduates
Case, Jennifer M.
Journal of College Student Development, v57 n7 p863-879 Oct 2016
Self-authorship, describing a synthesis of intellectual, intrapersonal, and interpersonal development, remains an evident but elusive goal of college education. I sought to track self-authorship in a racially diverse group of 30 young South African engineering graduates. In discussing their career trajectories, all individuals demonstrated independence and responsibility. Explicit expressions of self-authorship were identified in 9 individuals, and these were analyzed in more detail. The study confirms the central role of dissonant experiences in producing self-authorship and points to the potential role of a demanding academic program such as engineering. Furthermore, the study also extends the emerging findings regarding the prevalence of self-authorship among graduates of color.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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