ERIC Number: EJ1174341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Building Inclusive Engineering Identities: Implications for Changing Engineering Culture
Atadero, Rebecca A.; Paguyo, Christina H.; Rambo-Hernandez, Karen E.; Henderson, Heather L.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v43 n3 p378-398 2018
Ongoing efforts to broaden the participation of women and people of colour in engineering degree programmes and careers have had limited success. This paper describes a different approach to broadening participation that seeks to work with all students and develop inclusive engineering identities. Researchers worked with the instructors of two first-year engineering courses to integrate curriculum activities designed to promote the formation of engineering identities and build an appreciation for how diversity and inclusion strengthen engineering practice. Multilevel modelling results indicated positive effects of the intervention on appreciation for diversity but no effects on engineering identity, and qualitative results indicated students learned the most about diversity not through one of the intervention activities, but through team projects in the courses. We also describe lessons learned in how to teach engineering students about diversity in ways that are relevant to engineering.
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, College Freshmen, Disproportionate Representation, Minority Group Students, Introductory Courses, Civil Engineering, Environmental Education, Student Surveys, Inclusion, Professional Identity, Mixed Methods Research, Science Interests, Student Interests, STEM Education, Comparative Analysis, Intervention, Student Diversity, Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1432601