The effect of gender on the motivation of engineering students participating on multinational design projects

Jared R. Ocampo, Uladeislau Ivashyn, Ivan E. Esparragoza, Carlos Sacchelli, Jorge Rodriguez, Roberto Vigano

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Abstract

Nowadays global collaborative environments in the corporate world require engineers with professional global competences. In response to such need, different active-learning initiatives have been introduced in academia to prepare engineering students with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to be competitive in the global market. Consequently, multinational design projects have been used by the authors as means of introducing professional global skills to engineering students while exposing them to a project-based learning experience. This educational activity faces many challenges including cultural and academic background differences, language and time zone barriers, and issues with communication tools among others. Therefore, this activity is expected to motivate students so they can start developing the professional skills that will help them to overcome difficulties and to carry out the project successfully. This work studies the motivation of students before and after participating in a multinational design project and makes a comparison of this parameter's results based on the effect of gender. To accomplish this objective, the Intrinsic Motivation Inventory (IMI) was adapted to the multinational experience and administered to the participating students. For this study, three motivation constructs are taken into consideration: (a) interest/enjoyment, (b) perception of choice, and (c) perceived competence. Results are discussed based on the research questions posted for this work, and some reflections based on the results are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2017 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2017
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages281-286
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509054671
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 7 2017
Event8th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2017 - Athens, Greece
Duration: Apr 25 2017Apr 28 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON
ISSN (Print)2165-9559
ISSN (Electronic)2165-9567

Other

Other8th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2017
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period4/25/174/28/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Education

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