HCDE Professor Jennifer Turns and CQUniversity Australia senior research project officer Matt Eliot recently had a paper they published in the Journal of Engineering Education featured in Prism, a publication of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Their NSF-funded research used portfolio construction as a context to investigate the following questions:
- How do students build their identities as professional engineers while learning about the roles and responsibilities related to professional engineering practice?
- By what process does this identity construction occur, and how can we as educators more effectively guide it?
In their study, Turns and Eliot investigated professional identity construction in engineering undergraduate students by asking them to construct cross-curricular portfolios featuring examples of their best work to date.
The article is based on a paper published in the Journal of Engineering Education in October 2011.