On the development of a professional identity: engineering persisters vs engineering switchers

  title={On the development of a professional identity: engineering persisters vs engineering switchers},
  author={Olga Pierrakos and Thi Kay Beam and Jamie Constantz and Aditya Johri and Robin D. Anderson},
  journal={2009 39th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference},
Decline in engineering enrollment continues and renewed efforts are required to improve enrollment and diversity. Herein, we address this problem by conducting research to understand engineering students through the lens of identity theory. Implications of this effort are twofold: (1) to contribute to our basic understanding of engineering students' identities as well as what factors (experiences and settings) foster the formation and transformation of these identities during the undergraduate… CONTINUE READING
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