An Early Adaptation of Identity Trajectory to Understand the Identities of Undergraduate Engineering Students

Brianna Benedict, DIna Verdin, Jacqueline A. Rohde, Harriet Brown, Rachel Baker, Aaron Thielmeyer, Allison Godwin

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Abstract

This research category work-in-progress paper describes a beginning examination of how to adapt the identity trajectory theory from its original use with graduate students and early career faculty to understand how early career undergraduate students develop identities as engineers over time. This study focuses on students who have diverse attitudes, beliefs, and mindsets, i.e., latent diversity, to understand how engineering education and culture may support or hinder students' identity development in and out of the classroom. In this paper, we use the identity trajectory theory to explore students' stories about their background, pathway into engineering, and first-year engineering experiences. We are adapting the three strands of this framework (institutional, intellectual, and networking) in addition to identifying additional or supplementary strands to make meaning of the students' identity trajectories in engineering. We probed the aforementioned strands through narrative interviews with 26 engineering students. This preliminary work describes the challenges and affordances of translating this framework into narrative research with undergraduates and provides new ways of understanding identity development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728117461
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019 - Covington, United States
Duration: Oct 16 2019Oct 19 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Volume2019-October
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Conference

Conference49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCovington
Period10/16/1910/19/19

Keywords

  • engineering identity
  • identity trajectory
  • narrative inquiry
  • student pathways

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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