Beginning an Engineer's Journey: A Narrative Examination of How,When,and Why Students Choose the Engineering Major

Joshua Cruz, Nadia N Kellam

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Abstract

Background While recent engineering education research has focused on the pathways that students take as they transition into engineering programs in higher education, little has explicitly focused on developing an understanding of students as they select and transfer into engineering from other majors. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to gain a better understanding of how engineering students enter the engineering field by comparing commonalities across their experiences. Given recent literature that describes student dissatisfaction toward, misinformation about, and attrition in engineering programs, we explore the lived experiences of students entering the engineering field, with a particular focus on students changing their majors to engineering. Methods This paper synthesizes the stories of 21 undergraduate engineering students from a southeastern research university, 15 of whom began their undergraduate program in other majors and transferred into engineering. We employ a
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)556-582
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 6 2018

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