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Student attraction to engineering through flexibility and breadth in the curriculum

Alpay, E (2013) Student attraction to engineering through flexibility and breadth in the curriculum European Journal of Engineering Education, 38 (1). pp. 58-69.

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Abstract

Several European universities provide entry to general engineering studies prior to degree specialisation. The potential advantages of such entry include the provision of a broader foundation in engineering fundamentals, the option for students to defer specialisation until a greater awareness of the different engineering disciplines and the preparation of students for a more versatile career. In this paper, the attractiveness of general engineering (specifically in the first year of study) is explored through a national (UK) survey on pre-university students. Attention is given to gauging student enthusiasm for flexibility in engineering specialisation, combined degree options and exposure to other non-technical courses. The findings indicate that a general engineering programme is highly attractive to students who are currently considering an engineering degree. The programme is also attractive to some students who had previously not considered engineering. For both sets of students, the desire for education on broader topics is indicated, specifically in areas of leadership, teamwork and business skills, and more generally self-awareness and personal development. © 2013 Copyright SEFI.

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Alpay, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 March 2013
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1080/03043797.2012.742870
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 10:56
Last Modified : 28 Mar 2017 10:56
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/808592

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