Work in progress: engineering invisible mountains! mental health and undergraduate-level engineering education: the changing futures project

Jane Andrews, Robin Clark

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Abstract

The 'Changing Futures Project' aimed to directly tackle an issue that has been long reported in both academic and professional body spheres, that of student failure in engineering education [1,2]. It focused on the experiences of 96 Engineering & Applied Science students who were classified as 'failing' or 'trailing' in one or more modules. One of the unforeseen outcomes of the project was the high numbers of students who reported that they had been experiencing mental health problems at the time when they found themselves failing. By putting in a series of academic and individual support interventions, including referring students to the relevant counselling and medical support services, the project proved to be a great success, with all but three students within the original sample progressing to the next level of their academic journey.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
Number of pages13
VolumeJune
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2017
Event2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition - Columbus, United States
Duration: 24 Jun 201728 Jun 2017

Conference

Conference2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
CountryUnited States
CityColumbus
Period24/06/1728/06/17

Bibliographical note

©American Society for Engineering Education, 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. Columbus, Ohio. 24th - 28th June 2017.

Keywords

  • Failing students
  • Mental health
  • Study support

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