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Second level education and the decline in popularity of engineering within an Irish context

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dc.contributor.author Lynch, Raymond
dc.contributor.author Walsh, Michael T.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-25T13:34:09Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-25T13:34:09Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Lynch, R (2011) "Second level education and the decline in popularity of engineering within an Irish context" in International Journal of Engineering Education, 27(2): pp. 411-421 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2217
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the obligatory but often contentious relationship that exists between contemporary second level education and undergraduate student course choice within an Irish context. A survey of 1,723 students from across four second level schools and all year groups was conducted asking students to elect a future career they would most like to pursue. The results of this survey served to highlight the declining allure of engineering as a future career for students as they progress through second level. Focus groups were held in all four schools in order to identify current motivations behind student course choice, as well as students’ perceptions regarding the decline in undergraduate engineering numbers. Students frequently highlighted future career prospects, as well as current matriculation requirements as mitigating factors in the uptake of undergraduate engineering degree programmes. Finally this paper also compares and contrasts the perceptions and motivations of current second level students with those of existing undergraduate engineers. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Dublin Institute of Technology * Tempus Publications en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Engineering Education;
dc.subject course choice en_US
dc.subject engineering en_US
dc.subject education en_US
dc.subject student perceptions en_US
dc.title Second level education and the decline in popularity of engineering within an Irish context en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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