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

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