Published June 23, 2020 | Version v1
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Student Perceptions of First-Year Engineering Justice Curriculum

  • 1. University of Wisconsin-Stout


This complete research paper will describe our qualitative analysis of the impacts of a first-year engineering course which includes curricular elements of social justice, social responsibility, and ethics. We present our interpretation of four interesting results that came out of our mixed-methods study (n=231) in which we surveyed students taking a first-year engineering course on their perceptions of the role of engineering in society and the world. We find that while a single course is unlikely to be sufficient to greatly influence student perceptions, for some sub-groups, the influence was greater than for the study sample as a whole. We specifically highlight four notable findings and discuss their implications.


National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1540301


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Exploring, Documenting, and Improving Humanitarian Service Learning through Engineers Without Borders USA 1540301
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