Professional Identity Of Female Engineering Graduates: An Exploration Of Identity Status Through Life History Research

N. van Hattum-Janssen*, M. D. Endedijk

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Abstract

The number of students entering engineering programmes is too low to meet the need for engineering graduates. Still, many leave for jobs outside the technical sector right after graduation. Professional identity is a concept that helps to explain why they stay in or leave the technical sector (Cech 2014). It is the result of the process of professional socialisation. This study uses life history research to understand the professional socialisation of engineering graduates from kindergarten age until a few years after graduation. An analysis of the life experiences of male and female engineering graduates shows differences in how they describe moments of choice, reflecting different professional identity statuses of male and female graduates.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEFI 2023 - 51st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering Education for Sustainability, Proceedings
EditorsGer Reilly, Mike Murphy, Balazs Vince Nagy, Hannu-Matti Jarvinen
PublisherSociete Europeenne pour la Formation des Ingenieurs (SEFI)
Pages1416-1424
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9782873520267
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event51st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2023: Engineering education for sustainability: Reflecting on the role of engineering and technology education for a sustainable world - TU Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 11 Sept 202314 Sept 2023
Conference number: 51
https://www.sefi2023.eu/

Conference

Conference51st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2023
Abbreviated titleSEFI 2023
Country/TerritoryIreland
CityDublin
Period11/09/2314/09/23
Internet address

Keywords

  • life history research
  • professional identity
  • Professional socialisation

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