Motivation of engineering students - Considerations for programme design

Sarah Green*, Erik Meyer

*Corresponding author for this work

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The learning approaches adopted by three finalist engineering undergraduate students following an integrated MEng programme in engineering at the University of Durham are examined. Using a common questionnaire and one-to-one interviews, inter and intra variation in student learning and the student perception of the learning environment was explored. The students studied shared similarities and exhibited differences in their approaches to learning, which were found to be context dependent. Evidence of inter and intra variability in student learning, the extent of students engagement with surface and deep learning approaches, and the correlation of these outputs with the level of the programme is discussed. From this study, a number of specific points for professional practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventEngineering Education 2010: Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers, EE 2010 - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Jul 20108 Jul 2010


ConferenceEngineering Education 2010: Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers, EE 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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