A quantitative analysis of first-year engineering student persistence and interest in civic engagement at a Canadian university

Montano, Gloria (2008) A quantitative analysis of first-year engineering student persistence and interest in civic engagement at a Canadian university. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study explored what variables engineering students self-identify as reasons they persist from first to second year, and what areas of civic engagement appeal to students, in order to identify areas of local relevance that could inspire academic improvements. The research found that the study group is similar to first-year students in general at the subject university and to first-year engineering students at other universities. No compelling evidence was found that the study group would perform differently than previous cohorts. Results also showed that first-year engineering students were interested in and had prior experience in civic engagement activities. Overall, female and rural students consider civic engagement more important than their counterparts, particularly with community action program participation and becoming community leaders. Findings include a descriptive profile of a dual-cohort, first-year engineering class at a Canadian university that contributes Canadian data and experience to the body of knowledge on engineering student persistence.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/8718
Item ID: 8718
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 117-124).
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2008
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Civics--Study and teaching--Canada; College dropouts--Canada; College freshmen--Political activity--Canada; Engineering students--Political activity--Canada

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