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TitleA quantitative analysis of first-year engineering student persistence and interest in civic engagement at a Canadian university
AuthorMontano, Gloria.
DescriptionThesis (M.Ed.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2009. Education
Paginationix, 136 leaves : ill.
SubjectCivics--Study and teaching--Canada; College dropouts--Canada; College freshmen--Political activity--Canada; Engineering students--Political activity--Canada;
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Faculty of Education
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 117-124)
AbstractThis study explored what variables engineering students self-identify as reasons they persist from first to second year, and what areas of civic engagement appeal to students, in order to identify areas of local relevance that could inspire academic improvements. The research found that the study group is similar to first-year students in general at the subject university and to first-year engineering students at other universities. No compelling evidence was found that the study group would perform differently than previous cohorts. Results also showed that first-year engineering students were interested in and had prior experience in civic engagement activities. Overall, female and rural students consider civic engagement more important than their counterparts, particularly with community action program participation and becoming community leaders. Findings include a descriptive profile of a dual-cohort, first-year engineering class at a Canadian university that contributes Canadian data and experience to the body of knowledge on engineering student persistence.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifiera3157072
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
CollectionElectronic Theses and Dissertations
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