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Assessing the grit and mindset of incoming engineering students with an emphasis on gender

Direito, I; Chance, S; Tilley, E; Mitchell, J; (2019) Assessing the grit and mindset of incoming engineering students with an emphasis on gender. In: Kloot, B, (ed.) Proceedings of the 8th Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES 2019). (pp. pp. 253-261). South African Society for Engineering Education (SASEE): Cape Town, South Africa. Green open access

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Abstract

Engineering programs can be very demanding, particularly in the first years where students encounter new forms of highly challenging coursework. To better prepare and support students, educators must acknowledge non-academic factors, such as the role of self-beliefs and personal attributes. Education research suggests that students are more likely to give up and disengage from their studies when they lack grit or assume a fixed mindset. Previous studies suggest that female students are generally grittier but less confident when compared to male students. This paper presents the initial work of an ongoing study to explore self-confidence and motivations to study engineering of first year engineering students experiencing a new multi-disciplinary curriculum. A dataset collected via an online survey at the start of the academic year with 102 students was analysed. Gender comparisons were undertaken to explore the association between self-confidence and motivations with grit and mindsets.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Assessing the grit and mindset of incoming engineering students with an emphasis on gender
Event: 8th Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES 2019), 10-12 July 2019, Cape Town, South Africa
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Dates: 10 July 2019 - 12 July 2019
ISBN-13: 9780799226003
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.sasee.org.za/wp-content/uploads/REES-2...
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.
UCL classification: UCL
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/10081378
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