Investigating university students’ conceptions of engineering : An implied identity perspective

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Khosronejadtoroghi, M., Markauskaite, L and Reimann, P. (2022). Investigating university students’ conceptions of engineering : An implied identity perspective. Higher Education Research and Development. 41(5), pp. 1586-1602. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2021.1928001
AuthorsKhosronejadtoroghi, M., Markauskaite, L and Reimann, P
Abstract

Examining how learners ascribe meaning to different aspects of their university life is a necessary undertaking in higher education. This article aims to investigate university students’ conceptions of engineering and explore how these conceptions relate to the context of their experience. Our data collection method and data analysis are informed by the techniques of the phenomenographic approach and the Implied Identity Framework. Fifteen engineering students in a course about sustainability participated in the study. Results revealed eight categories of participants’ conceptions: (1) engineering as a practice for designing solutions; (2) engineering as a pragmatic practice for the welfare of people; (3) engineering as a knowledge-based practice; (4) engineering as a communicative practice; (5) engineering as a technology-mediated practice; (6) engineering as thinking; (7) engineering as an independent practice; and (8) engineering as learning. These conceptions had cognitive, technological, or social orientations and were related to three aspects of engineering: outcome-focused; process-focused; and person-focused. Also, findings demonstrated that different contexts of the university, workplace, and society prompt different ways of thinking about engineering. The findings place a greater emphasis on personal agency and the development of student identities as lifelong learners.

Keywordscontext; engineering higher education; implied identity; phenomenography; students’ conceptions
Year2022
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Journal citation41 (5), pp. 1586-1602
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0729-4360
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2021.1928001
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85105975240
Page range1586-1602
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Online17 May 2021
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Accepted10 Apr 2021
Deposited02 Jun 2022
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