Student Perceptions of the Role of an Engineer Prior to Completing First Year Design Projects

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Department of Engineering Fundamentals


This work in progress paper presents baseline data from a study exploring student outcomes from participating in the EWB AU Design Challenge. Findings presented in this paper explore initial student perceptions of the role of an engineer reported prior to participating in the Challenge. This study builds on previous findings, providing richer detail about student understandings regarding what it means to be an engineer. To determine the influence that involvement in the EWB design challenge had on any potential shifts, course sections performing non-service-learning design projects were also surveyed for comparison. The ultimate goal of this work will be to compare pre-/post-surveys from both student groups. In this baseline data the cohorts appear substantially similar at the start of their courses.

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2022 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)