Balancing expectations in engineering education:enhancing student experiences through empirical research - a comparative analysis

Clark, Robin and Andrews, Jane (2011). Balancing expectations in engineering education:enhancing student experiences through empirical research - a comparative analysis. IN: SEFI 2011 Annual Conference. Bernardino, Jorge and Quadrado, José Carlos (eds) Société Eropéenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs.

Abstract

This paper draws upon the findings of an empirical study comparing the expectations and concerns of engineering students with students enrolled on business and management programs. It argues that whilst the two groups of students have very similar expectations, motivations and concerns before their start their studies, once at university, engineering students are twice as likely to drop-out than are their compatriots in business studies. Drawing upon the study findings, recommendations are made as to what might be done to counteract this. The conclusion argues that there is a need for more in-depth research to be conducted in this area in order to identify the reasons behind the different attrition rates and to further enhance engineering undergraduate experience.

Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering systems & management
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Event Title: SEFI Annual Conference 2011
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2011-09-28 - 2011-09-30
Uncontrolled Keywords: student attrition,student experience,motivation,engineering education,Engineering(all),Education
Published Date: 2011-09

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