Participation of Students in Multinational Projects - A Pre/Post Comparison of Their Motivation Based on Gender and Geographic Location

Jorge Rodriguez, Ivan E. Esparragoza

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Abstract

Multinational collaborations are a common practice in industry nowadays. This practice is very common in engineering projects, with collaboration activities taking place globally. Academic institutions need to make their students aware of these scenarios by implementing activities that expose their students to such environments. Institutions from six different countries in the Americas and Italy have conducted an educational experience in the context of a collaborative engineering design project. The collaboration defines multinational teams that work on a project for several weeks. The objective of this study is to determine and compare the level of motivation that students report before and after their participation in the collaboration. The level of motivation is based on their self-reported interest and perception of value, two of the constructs collected with a survey based on the Intrinsic Motivation Inventory (IMI). Collected data is analyzed statistically based on gender and geographic location. The expectation is to have high levels of motivation before and after their participation in the multinational design project, thus implying interest and satisfaction with the activity. Results indicate that students have high level of motivation before participation, independent of the two factors studied. There is a reduction in the level of motivation after participation, with some variations based on gender and location. Discussion of these results is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017- In Conjunction with
Subtitle of host publication7th Regional Conference on Engineering Education and Research in Higher Education 2017, RCEE and RHEd 2017, 1st International STEAM Education Conference, STEAMEC 2017 and 4th Innovative Practices in Higher Education Expo 2017, I-PHEX 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages797-801
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781538615232
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 17 2018
Event7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: Nov 13 2017Nov 16 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2017 7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017- In Conjunction with: 7th Regional Conference on Engineering Education and Research in Higher Education 2017, RCEE and RHEd 2017, 1st International STEAM Education Conference, STEAMEC 2017 and 4th Innovative Practices in Higher Education Expo 2017, I-PHEX 2017

Other

Other7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017
CountryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period11/13/1711/16/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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    Rodriguez, J., & Esparragoza, I. E. (2018). Participation of Students in Multinational Projects - A Pre/Post Comparison of Their Motivation Based on Gender and Geographic Location. In Proceedings - 2017 7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017- In Conjunction with: 7th Regional Conference on Engineering Education and Research in Higher Education 2017, RCEE and RHEd 2017, 1st International STEAM Education Conference, STEAMEC 2017 and 4th Innovative Practices in Higher Education Expo 2017, I-PHEX 2017 (pp. 797-801). [8467181] (Proceedings - 2017 7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017- In Conjunction with: 7th Regional Conference on Engineering Education and Research in Higher Education 2017, RCEE and RHEd 2017, 1st International STEAM Education Conference, STEAMEC 2017 and 4th Innovative Practices in Higher Education Expo 2017, I-PHEX 2017). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/WEEF.2017.8467181