Enhancing motivation toward science and engineering among high-school students: A course on engineering design

Aharon Gero, Ofer Danino

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Abstract

Due to the current shortage in engineers, the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology has developed a unique course "Introduction to Engineering Design" for 12th grade students majoring in physics and electronics. The aim of the course is to expose students to the attributes of engineering design, with a
special emphasis on electrical engineering, and increase their motivation towards science and engineering. During the 16-lesson course, students are required to complete – on a team basis – various engineering tasks, based on a robotic kit. The study presented in the paper was intended to track changes in the motivation of 32 students participating in the course towards science and engineering. The questionnaire used for evaluating the different motivational factors utilized a five-level Likert scale based on the SIMS (Situational Motivation Scale) questionnaire.
According to the findings, during the course there was an improvement in students’ intrinsic motivation, which reflects their interest in studying science and engineering. This improvement was characterized by a medium effect size and
explained in light of the self-determination theory.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of the European Association for Education in Electrical and Information Engineering
Number of pages3
StatePublished - 2015

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