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Motivation of engineering students-considerations for programme design

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Publication date2010
Number of pages9
<mark>Original language</mark>English


ConferenceEngineering Education 2010
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBirmingham, UK


The learning approaches adopted by three finalist engineering undergraduate students following an integrated MEng programme in engineering at the University of Durham are examined. Using a common questionnaire and one-to-one interviews, inter and intra variation in student learning and the student perception of the learning environment was explored. The students studied shared similarities and exhibited differences in their approaches to learning, which were found to be context dependent. Evidence of inter and intra variability in student learning, the extent of students’ engagement with surface and deep learning approaches, and the correlation of these outputs with the level of the programme is discussed. From this study, a number of specific points for professional practice are discussed.