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Masculinities and social class in conceptualisations of the engineering mechanics programme
King's College London, London, UK.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2017 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Engineering educations are currently being transformed, both to attract new groups of students (e.g. women) and to provide the students with broader skill-sets than those traditionally included in engineering educations (e.g. team working skills). In this study we explore how students understand the educational opportunities provided by a particular engineering education, namely bachelor Engineering Mechanics Programme (EMP), with a particular focus on how the perceived opportunities are related to class and gender. The empirical data consists of engineering education websites, interviews with EMP students, and video-diaries recorded by the interviewed students. In the analysis of the websites four different, potential engineering identity positions were discerned: The engineer as a traditional technologist, the engineer as a contemporary technologist, the responsible engineer, and the self-made engineer. The initial analysis of the interviews and video-diaries bring tensions between practical and theoretical/analytical aspects of engineering to the fore, and we use two case studies of interviewed students to illustrate how these students nagivate the theory/practice dichotomy and the various identity positions available within the EMP.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dublin, 2017.
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Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138671OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-138671DiVA: diva2:1136313
Conference
ESERA 2017
Projects
EPIK
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-08-27 Created: 2017-08-27 Last updated: 2017-10-13

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