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Ernst, Jeremy V.; Bowen, Bradley D.; Williams, Thomas O. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
Students identified as at-risk of non-academic continuation have a propensity toward lower academic self-efficacy than their peers (Lent, 2005). Within engineering, self-efficacy and confidence are major markers of university continuation and success (Lourens, 2014 Raelin, et al., 2014). This study explored academic learning self-efficacy specific…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, College Freshmen, Academic Achievement
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Honken, Nora; Ralston, Patricia A.; Tretter, Thomas R. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
Self-control has been related to positive student outcomes including academic performance of college students. Because of the critical nature of the first semester academic performance for engineering students in terms of retention and persistence in pursuing an engineering degree, this study investigated the relationship between freshmen…
Descriptors: Self Control, Engineering Education, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education
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Ricks, Kenneth G.; Richardson, James A.; Stern, Harold P.; Taylor, Robert P.; Taylor, Ryan A. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2014
Retention and graduation rates for engineering disciplines are significantly lower than desired, and research literature offers many possible causes. Engineering learning communities provide the opportunity to study relationships among specific causes and to develop and evaluate activities designed to lessen their impact. This paper details an…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Engineering Education
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Doolen, Toni L.; Biddlecombe, Erin – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2014
This study investigated the effect of cohort participation in a learning community and collaborative learning techniques on the success of first-year engineering students. Student success was measured as gains in knowledge, skills, and attitudes, student engagement, and persistence in engineering. The study group was comprised of students…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, College Freshmen, Cooperative Learning