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Efforts to improve attractiveness of lower level engineering education (concept)
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Science, Mathematics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4677-1498
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Management, Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Management.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Science, Electronics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5562-3182
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building Engineering, Energy Systems and Sustainability Science, Environmental Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1664-5650
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2022 (English)In: SEFI 2022 - 50th Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, Proceedings, 2022, p. 1104-1112Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There are nine study programmes awarding the degree bachelor in engineering (högskoleingenjör) at the University of Gävle. Some of these have only a few applicants, even though the graduates are appreciated by a relatively large regional primary and secondary sector industry. A major revision of the programmes is planned. One objective is to increase the attractiveness of the programmes. In the revised programmes, students are proposed to study most courses together during the first year of study, even if they belong to different engineering specializations. This is intended to improve the study environment. Students in programmes with low numbers of applicants will become part of a richer and livelier student collective. However, the attractiveness could further be problematized by asking to whom higher education is attractive. A special focus will be on increasing the admission of students from groups in society that have been underrepresented in higher education. More specifically this may be linked to individual factors such as the educational level of parents, family income, immigrational background and geography. There may also be societal explanations in traditions of gendered professions. Engineering programmes, and especially some of the specializations at the university, are dominated by male students. This study focuses on how universities can take action to further increase the attractiveness of the engineering programmes, with a special regard to groups that are known to be underrepresented among the students.

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2022. p. 1104-1112
Keywords [en]
Bachelor in engineering; broadening participation; gender
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Other Engineering and Technologies Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-41076DOI: 10.5821/conference-9788412322262.1444Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85147534327OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-41076DiVA, id: diva2:1736269
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50th Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2022, 19-22 September 2022, Barcelona
Available from: 2023-02-13 Created: 2023-02-13 Last updated: 2023-02-13Bibliographically approved

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