Work in progress - what attracts students to the study of engineering? Perceptions and motivations

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Rojter, Josef (2011) Work in progress - what attracts students to the study of engineering? Perceptions and motivations. In: 2011 Frontiers in Education Conference. IEEE, Piscataway, N.J..


This enquiry was held between 2009 and 2011, of second year engineering students enrolled in architectural, civil and mechanical engineering at Victoria University (VU). The basis for this study was to ascertain student perceptions of engineering profession and their motivation for undertaking the study of engineering. It is a part of a pilot program which, hopefully, with a research grant support will expand to a broader nation-wide program encompassing engineering faculties and disciplines at other Australian Universities to determine socio-economic comparisons and students' perceptions and motivations for studying engineering. Victoria University was selected for this study not only because of its accessibility but also because of its uniqueness among other metropolitan engineering education providers. A high proportions of the student body enrolled in engineering programs at VU comes from a low socio-economic background and with relatively low entrance score. The preliminary study indicated that though there were some disciplinary deviations, students have exhibited positive, if sometimes inaccurate, perceptions of engineering profession and to be highly motivated and hard-nosed in studying engineering. --Name of conference: 'Monumental Innovations From Around the World'

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Session F2F. Conference held: 12-15 October, 2011 at Rapid City, South Dakota

Item type Book Section
DOI 10.1109/FIE.2011.6142888
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ISBN 9781612844688 (print), 9781612844671 (online), 9781612844695
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > SEO Classification > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Keywords ResPubID23633, Australian universities, Victoria University, architectural engineering, civil engineering, engineering faculties, engineering profession, engineering programs, mechanical engineering, metropolitan engineering education providers, nation-wide program, pilot program, second year engineering students, socio-economic comparisons, student motivation, student perceptions, higher education, tertiary education, Australia
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