Connecting to the future: How the perception of future impacts engineering undergraduate students' learning and performance

Wen Ting Chung, Jieun Lee, Jenefer Husman, Glenda Stump, Cecelia Maez, Aaron Done

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine how engineering students' conceptualization of their future is related to the factors which have been studied related to students' retention. Two Future Time Perspective (FTP) constructs, Connectedness and Perceived Instrumentality, were included to measure students' conceptualization of their future. The results indicated that students who tended to connect their present to engineering future career (Connectedness) believed they were more capable of learning course materials, reported they used more collaborative learning strategies as well as engaged more in knowledge building behaviors, and have higher grades. Also, student who perceived their current learning as being helpful for their future learning and career (Perceived Instrumentality) believe they were more capable of learning course materials and reported more engagement in knowledge building behaviors. Our study contributes to the recent trend of engineering education reform which advocates increasing the connection between students' daily learning and future careers, by introducing Future Time Perspective (FTP), a widely studied theory in psychology. Our findings provide educators guidelines for incorporating connections to the future into curricula content and instructional design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationImagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Imagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009 - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Oct 18 2009Oct 21 2009

Publication series

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

Other

Other39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Imagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period10/18/0910/21/09

Keywords

  • Academic achievement
  • Active learning
  • Engineering retention
  • Future time perspective
  • Selfefficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Chung, W. T., Lee, J., Husman, J., Stump, G., Maez, C., & Done, A. (2009). Connecting to the future: How the perception of future impacts engineering undergraduate students' learning and performance. In 39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Imagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009 [5350499] (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE). https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2009.5350499