Correlations between graduate student writing concepts and processes and certainty of career trajectories

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    At the graduate level, most milestones are based on the ability to write for an academic audience, whether that be for dissertation proposals, publications, or funding opportunities. Writing scholars often discuss the process by which graduate students learn to join their academic 'discourse communities' through academic literacies theory. Graduate attrition researchers relate the feeling of belonging with persistence in doctoral programs; however, there has not to date been any research that directly studies engineering writing attitudes and perceptions with student career trajectories, persistence, or attrition. To meet this need, this paper presents research from a larger study analyzing graduate level engineering writing and attrition. The explicit objective of this paper is to present quantitative data relating current graduate engineering students' attitudes, processes, and concepts of academic writing with the certainty of their career trajectory. Five scales measuring aspects of writing were deployed to engineering programs at ten research intensive universities across the United States, with a final total of n=621 graduate student respondents that represent early-career, mid-career, and late-career stages of the graduate timeline. Results indicate that graduate student processes and conceptions of engineering writing correlate with the likelihood of pursuing careers in various engineering sectors after completing their graduate degree programs.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationFrontiers in Education
    Subtitle of host publicationFostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    ISBN (Electronic)9781538611739
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 4 2019
    Event48th Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2018 - San Jose, United States
    Duration: Oct 3 2018Oct 6 2018

    Publication series

    NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
    Volume2018-October
    ISSN (Print)1539-4565

    Conference

    Conference48th Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2018
    CountryUnited States
    CitySan Jose
    Period10/3/1810/6/18

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    Technical writing
    Trajectories
    graduate
    career
    Students
    engineering
    student
    persistence
    earning a doctorate
    funding
    university
    discourse
    ability
    community

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Software
    • Education
    • Computer Science Applications

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    Berdanier, C. G. P., & Zerbe, E. (2019). Correlations between graduate student writing concepts and processes and certainty of career trajectories. In Frontiers in Education: Fostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings [8658678] (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE; Vol. 2018-October). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2018.8658678
    Berdanier, Catherine G P. ; Zerbe, Ellen. / Correlations between graduate student writing concepts and processes and certainty of career trajectories. Frontiers in Education: Fostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2019. (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE).
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    Berdanier, CGP & Zerbe, E 2019, Correlations between graduate student writing concepts and processes and certainty of career trajectories. in Frontiers in Education: Fostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings., 8658678, Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE, vol. 2018-October, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 48th Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2018, San Jose, United States, 10/3/18. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2018.8658678

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    Frontiers in Education: Fostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2019. 8658678 (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE; Vol. 2018-October).

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    Berdanier CGP, Zerbe E. Correlations between graduate student writing concepts and processes and certainty of career trajectories. In Frontiers in Education: Fostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2019. 8658678. (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE). https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2018.8658678