CHARACTERIZING THE ENGINEERING EDUCATION GRADUATE STUDENT EXPERIENCE IN CANADA: RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT & REFLECTIONS

Jillian Seniuk Ciceka, Liz Kuleyb, Patricia Sheridan, Robyn Mae Paul

Abstract


Four Canadian Engineering Education students from the Universities of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Toronto and Calgary have conceptualized conducting a national study to characterize the identities of graduate students studying Engineering Education in Canada. We developed the Canadian Engineering Education Student Identity Study (CEESIS). This is a mixed methods cross-case comparison research study designed to explore how Canadian Engineering Education graduate students’ identities are  formed through the intersection of our intellectual, institutional and  networking academic experiences nested within our personal lives.
In this paper, we detail the realization, purpose, benefits, theoretical design and methodology of this study. The development of our theoretical framework and survey through the use of McAlpine’s identity-trajectory construct is discussed. We conclude with individual personal reflections on how this research process has shaped our own growth as Engineering Education graduate students and how participation in this research group has influenced our understanding and identity of being Engineering Education graduate students and emerging Engineering Education  researchers in Canada

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