Professional engineering pathways study

A longitudinal study of early career preparedness and decision-making

Samantha Brunhaver, Ruth Streveler, Cheryl Carrico, Holly Matusovich, Peggy Boylan-Ashraf, Sheri Sheppard

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

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    Abstract

    This paper introduces the Professional Engineering Pathways Study (PEPS), a three-year study aimed at developing new understandings of early career engineering career preparedness and decision-making. The project takes a national perspective, drawing on data from six partner institutions across the U.S., and focuses specifically on engineering students' experiences, perceptions, and plans as they look toward their initial career steps. The project involves two critical elements. The research element uses a longitudinal, mixed-method approach to examine how engineering students explore, select, and prepare for their chosen careers. The community of practice element focuses on bridging research-to-practice by engaging administrators, faculty, and staff at the six partner institutions in data interpretation and dissemination activities. This research will help drive continuous improvement in engineering programs and universities. Preliminary results of the study will be presented at the conference.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Volume2015-December
    ISBN (Print)9781479984534
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 2 2015
    Event2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2015 - El Paso, United States
    Duration: Oct 21 2015Oct 24 2015

    Other

    Other2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2015
    CountryUnited States
    CityEl Paso
    Period10/21/1510/24/15

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    Keywords

    • cognitive information processing theory
    • college-career transition
    • community of practice
    • decision-making
    • expectancy value theory
    • longitudinal
    • mixed-methods
    • preparedness

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science Applications
    • Software
    • Education

    Cite this

    Brunhaver, S., Streveler, R., Carrico, C., Matusovich, H., Boylan-Ashraf, P., & Sheppard, S. (2015). Professional engineering pathways study: A longitudinal study of early career preparedness and decision-making. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE (Vol. 2015-December). [7344402] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2015.7344402

    Professional engineering pathways study : A longitudinal study of early career preparedness and decision-making. / Brunhaver, Samantha; Streveler, Ruth; Carrico, Cheryl; Matusovich, Holly; Boylan-Ashraf, Peggy; Sheppard, Sheri.

    Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. Vol. 2015-December Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015. 7344402.

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

    Brunhaver, S, Streveler, R, Carrico, C, Matusovich, H, Boylan-Ashraf, P & Sheppard, S 2015, Professional engineering pathways study: A longitudinal study of early career preparedness and decision-making. in Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. vol. 2015-December, 7344402, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2015, El Paso, United States, 10/21/15. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2015.7344402
    Brunhaver S, Streveler R, Carrico C, Matusovich H, Boylan-Ashraf P, Sheppard S. Professional engineering pathways study: A longitudinal study of early career preparedness and decision-making. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. Vol. 2015-December. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2015. 7344402 https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2015.7344402
    Brunhaver, Samantha ; Streveler, Ruth ; Carrico, Cheryl ; Matusovich, Holly ; Boylan-Ashraf, Peggy ; Sheppard, Sheri. / Professional engineering pathways study : A longitudinal study of early career preparedness and decision-making. Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. Vol. 2015-December Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015.
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