Participation in a freshman design sequence and its influence on students' attitudes towards engineering

Qaiser Malik, Mathew J. Koehler, Punyashloke Mishra, Neeraj Buch, Michael Shanblatt, Steven J. Pierce

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Abstract

This study focuses on freshman attitudes and beliefs about engineering in a newly introduced engineering curriculum that emphasizes holistic design experiences to portray the discipline of engineering. To precisely measure these constructs, a well documented survey instrument (PFEAS) was employed. The two comparison groups were: the new design-based sequence (DS) and the previous traditional sequence (TS). The study was conducted at a time when both the sequences were available for direct comparison. Data were collected twice (pre- and post-), and changes in groups' attitudes were examined with repeated measures analysis of covariance models. We have found that freshmen join the program with positive perceptions about engineering. Students in the DS group have higher ACT scores, enjoy math and science the most, do not believe engineering to be an exact science, and have stronger parental influence in selecting engineering as a major. We did not observe appreciable group differences in how attitudes changed over time; perhaps one semester of engineering experience was not enough to effect an appreciable change in freshman attitudes. Our study forms the foundation for a longitudinal study to track attitudinal changes for the complete cycle of the design sequence. This formative evaluation will help to further understand and improve the curriculum design efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Imagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
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

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

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Keywords

  • Design sequence
  • Formative evaluation
  • Freshman attitude
  • Group differences over time
  • Repeated measures analysis of covariance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Education

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Malik, Q., Koehler, M. J., Mishra, P., Buch, N., Shanblatt, M., & Pierce, S. J. (2009). Participation in a freshman design sequence and its influence on students' attitudes towards engineering. In 39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Imagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009 [5350850] https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2009.5350850

Participation in a freshman design sequence and its influence on students' attitudes towards engineering. / Malik, Qaiser; Koehler, Mathew J.; Mishra, Punyashloke; Buch, Neeraj; Shanblatt, Michael; Pierce, Steven J.

39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Imagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009. 2009. 5350850.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Malik, Q, Koehler, MJ, Mishra, P, Buch, N, Shanblatt, M & Pierce, SJ 2009, Participation in a freshman design sequence and its influence on students' attitudes towards engineering. in 39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Imagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009., 5350850, 39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Imagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009, San Antonio, TX, United States, 10/18/09. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2009.5350850
Malik Q, Koehler MJ, Mishra P, Buch N, Shanblatt M, Pierce SJ. Participation in a freshman design sequence and its influence on students' attitudes towards engineering. In 39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Imagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009. 2009. 5350850 https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2009.5350850
Malik, Qaiser ; Koehler, Mathew J. ; Mishra, Punyashloke ; Buch, Neeraj ; Shanblatt, Michael ; Pierce, Steven J. / Participation in a freshman design sequence and its influence on students' attitudes towards engineering. 39th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Imagining and Engineering Future CSET Education, FIE 2009. 2009.
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