Umeå University's logo

umu.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
In search of the new engineer: gender, age, and social class in information about engineering education
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education. (UmSER)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3614-1692
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. (UmSER)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6413-6538
Department of Education, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; School of Education, Communication and Society, King's College London, London, UK.
2019 (English)In: European Journal of Engineering Education, ISSN 0304-3797, E-ISSN 1469-5898, Vol. 44, no 5, p. 650-665Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is widely argued that engineering education needs to change in order to attract new groups of students and provide students with knowledge appropriate for the future society. In this paper we, therefore, investigate and analyse Swedish universities’ websites, focusing on what characteristics are brought to the fore as important for tomorrow’s engineers. The data consist of text and pictures/photos from nine different Engineering Mechanics programme websites. Using a critical discourse analysis approach, we identify three societal discourses concerning ‘technological progression’, ‘sustainability’, and ‘neoliberal ideals’, evident in the websites. These discourses make certain engineering identities possible, that we have labelled: traditional, contemporary, responsible, and self-made engineer. Our analysis shows that universities’ efforts to diversify students’ participation in engineering education simultaneously reveal stereotypical norms concerning gender and age. We also argue that strong neoliberal notions about the self-made engineer can derail awareness of a gendered, classed, and racialized society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2019. Vol. 44, no 5, p. 650-665
Keywords [en]
recruitment, widening participation, norms, discourse analysis, identity positions
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152294DOI: 10.1080/03043797.2018.1523133ISI: 000488469700003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85053892637OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-152294DiVA, id: diva2:1252314
Projects
EPIK (VR-UVK)Available from: 2018-10-01 Created: 2018-10-01 Last updated: 2023-03-24Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(1777 kB)263 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT02.pdfFile size 1777 kBChecksum SHA-512
c9fd2bfeabe9f2060eafefdb1c10fc9ebca84aa45c2cf9d5a5e30d1189bf0a3e112ec5b8b2dcb34e340976cfbcfe5d137288cc452bcffeac43b4bc5166b94ed2
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Authority records

Berge, MariaSilfver, Eva

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Berge, MariaSilfver, Eva
By organisation
Department of Science and Mathematics EducationDepartment of Education
In the same journal
European Journal of Engineering Education
Pedagogy

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 451 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 995 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf