Academic article alert! I will be giving myself a break on my weekly blog post whenever I get an academic article published. On those weeks, the blog post will be a link to the published article and my attempt at describing it for the 99.99999999% of people who could care less about the research method and just want to know what we found and what it means.
Geoff Potvin, Allison Godwin, Jennifer Cribbs, Zahra Hazari, Nicole Barclay, and I1 recently had our article, “Sustainability as a route to broadening participation in engineering,” published in the Journal of Engineering Education.
What we found from our national survey is that those who perceive engineering as a way to help people are more likely to want a career in engineering. That makes sense. We also found, however, that those who want to help people don’t necessarily view engineering as a way to do so. That is a big missed opportunity for those of us who believe that the whole point of engineers is to help people. It can’t be a good thing for engineering if we aren’t attracting our share of students who want to help people.