Résumés in the development of undergraduate engineering identity

A genre analysis with teaching implications

Catherine G P. Berdanier, Mary McCall, Gracemarie Mike

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    Abstract

    Undergraduate engineering students are often instructed to write engineering résumés working from models that come from different fields. As part of a project to develop stronger disciplinary instructional materials for engineering résumé writers, this study investigates a way to quantify the quality of engineering résumés based both on established rubric methods and on a new 'scoring' mechanism by which significant differences in the types of disciplinary discourse enacted strong, moderate, and weak engineering résumés. This study is guided through Activity Theory, such that the 'rules' of writing an engineering résumé are mediated not only by the general design, content, and style principles of written and visual communication, but are also mediated by the community in terms of what language and activities are most demonstrative of engineering expertise. Findings indicate that a blended approach to scoring engineering résumés may be a promising way to investigate the problem of teaching and evaluating engineering discourse by nonengineering faculty.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationIEEE ProComm 2016 - International Professional Communication Conference
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    ISBN (Electronic)9781509017614
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 9 2016
    Event2016 International Professional Communication Conference, IEEE ProComm 2016 - Austin, United States
    Duration: Oct 2 2016Oct 5 2016

    Publication series

    NameIEEE International Professional Communication Conference
    Volume2016-November
    ISSN (Print)2158-091X
    ISSN (Electronic)2158-1002

    Other

    Other2016 International Professional Communication Conference, IEEE ProComm 2016
    CountryUnited States
    CityAustin
    Period10/2/1610/5/16

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    genre
    Teaching
    engineering
    Technical writing
    Visual communication
    visual communication
    discourse
    expertise
    Students
    writer
    language
    community
    student

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Communication
    • Engineering(all)

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    Berdanier, C. G. P., McCall, M., & Mike, G. (2016). Résumés in the development of undergraduate engineering identity: A genre analysis with teaching implications. In IEEE ProComm 2016 - International Professional Communication Conference [7740488] (IEEE International Professional Communication Conference; Vol. 2016-November). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/IPCC.2016.7740488
    Berdanier, Catherine G P. ; McCall, Mary ; Mike, Gracemarie. / Résumés in the development of undergraduate engineering identity : A genre analysis with teaching implications. IEEE ProComm 2016 - International Professional Communication Conference. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2016. (IEEE International Professional Communication Conference).
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    Berdanier, CGP, McCall, M & Mike, G 2016, Résumés in the development of undergraduate engineering identity: A genre analysis with teaching implications. in IEEE ProComm 2016 - International Professional Communication Conference., 7740488, IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, vol. 2016-November, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2016 International Professional Communication Conference, IEEE ProComm 2016, Austin, United States, 10/2/16. https://doi.org/10.1109/IPCC.2016.7740488

    Résumés in the development of undergraduate engineering identity : A genre analysis with teaching implications. / Berdanier, Catherine G P.; McCall, Mary; Mike, Gracemarie.

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    Berdanier CGP, McCall M, Mike G. Résumés in the development of undergraduate engineering identity: A genre analysis with teaching implications. In IEEE ProComm 2016 - International Professional Communication Conference. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2016. 7740488. (IEEE International Professional Communication Conference). https://doi.org/10.1109/IPCC.2016.7740488