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Gender differences in first-year students' expectations towards a new engineering multidisciplinary curriculum

Direito, I; Tilley, E; Mitchell, JE; (2018) Gender differences in first-year students' expectations towards a new engineering multidisciplinary curriculum. In: 2018 3rd International Conference of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education (CISPEE). IEEE Green open access

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Abstract

Research on engineering first-year students’ expectations and perceptions is important to understand what influences interest, achievement and persistence. This is particularly relevant when assessing the impact of new engineering education curricula. This paper reports a quantitative analysis of a pre-degree survey targeting students’ expectations at the very beginning of the new Integrated Engineering Programme, which spans across the whole UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences. Of a cohort of approximately 700 enrolled students, 309 completed the survey. Results suggest that, on graduation, both male and female students expect to have similar opportunities, such as to be able to contribute positively to the world. They also share identical learning expectations and educational experiences regarding their time studying engineering. However, results also suggest that female students were more aware of the societal impact of engineering, and less confident in their engineering specific skills.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Gender differences in first-year students' expectations towards a new engineering multidisciplinary curriculum
Event: 3rd International Conference of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education (CISPEE), 27-29 June, 2018, Aveiro, Portugal
Location: University of Aveiro, Portugal
Dates: 27 June 2018 - 29 June 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-5386-3771-5
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/CISPEE.2018.8593409
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1109/CISPEE.2018.8593409
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: engineering multidisciplinary curriculum; first-year students; gender; students’ expectations; self-confidence
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Engineering Science Faculty Office
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10052508
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