F2-PRO2-4 - Considerations in the development of a follow-up exploratory quantitative design for student's motivation regarding to work industry-related activities in higher engineering education

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Panagiotis Pantzos1 , Lena Gumaelius1, Jeffrey Buckley1, 2, Arnold Pears1
1 Dept. of Learning in Engineering Sciences, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Sweden
2 Faculty of Engineering & Informatics, Athlone Institute of Technology, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Abstract - This Work in Progress paper describes considerations relative to the development of a follow-up exploratory quantitative design for examining student motivation in higher engineering education. The intent of the current work is to build on the outcomes of a previous qualitative study exploring the perceptions of students with regard to work industry-related activities included as part of their formal study experience in Swedish university settings. In the follow-up study design discussed in this paper we focus on a quantitative approach to assessing the impact of such experiences on student motivation. Findings from our previous study indicate both that how these different work industry-related activities are conducted and how the different relationships that are present can effect students motivation for learning in tertiary engineering education. However, while the earlier study provides understanding of which scenarios can affect student motivation, there is a need to consider relative effect sizes. To address this issue in this paper, we present a survey design and discuss the determination of population and sample size and study variables, for a preliminary survey instrument. We also propose methods with which to establish validity and reliability, as well as presenting a data analysis plan. At this juncture, the development of a follow-up exploratory quantitative study will contribute to a better understanding of students’ perceptions about work industry-related activities which is currently a prime concern in higher engineering education, providing guidelines for a  more critical planning of these activities in the future.  

Keywordsfollow-up exploratory quantitative design, engineering education, student motivation