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

Robin Clark, Jane Andrews

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEFI 2011 Annual Conference
EditorsJorge Bernardino, José Carlos Quadrado
PublisherSociété Eropéenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs
Pages465-469
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011
EventSEFI Annual Conference 2011 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 28 Sep 201130 Sep 2011

Conference

ConferenceSEFI Annual Conference 2011
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period28/09/1130/09/11

Keywords

  • student attrition
  • student experience
  • motivation
  • engineering education

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    • 2 Conference contribution

    A matter of professionalism? Reflection and reflexivity in continuing engineering education and practice

    Andrews, J., Clark, R. & Glew, W., Sep 2011, SEFI 2011 Annual Conference. Société Eropéenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs, p. 25-28 4 p.

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  • Engineering education research - the UK perspective at a time of change

    Penlington, R., Clark, R., Tudor, J., Willmot, P., Willis, L. & Clifford, M., Sep 2011, SEFI 2011 Annual Conference. Bernardino, J. & Quadrado, J. C. (eds.). Société Eropéenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs, p. 221-227 7 p.

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  • Cite this

    Clark, R., & Andrews, J. (2011). Balancing expectations in engineering education: enhancing student experiences through empirical research - a comparative analysis. In J. Bernardino, & J. C. Quadrado (Eds.), SEFI 2011 Annual Conference (pp. 465-469). Société Eropéenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs.