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Lost for Words! Defining the Language Around Role Models in Engineering
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computer Systems. (UpCERG)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9172-9969
2018 (English)In: Proc. 48th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Press, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This full paper in the research category contains a vocabulary to describe role modeling in engineering education. The term role model is loosely defined but widely used in the literature, particularly in broadening participation. During our interviews with teachers in the discipline, there was no consensus on what a role model nor on the meaning of adjectives to evaluate them. Here a vocabulary around the phenomenon of role modeling is developed, favoring the point of view of the role models themselves. It aims to support educators who reflect on how to be effective role models for their students. We define what a role model in engineering education is, and what this person may model: an aspect (a competency, a character attribute or an attitude) or and achievement. Main actors and types of models according to awareness and intention of the modeling are covered, as well as how the modeling may be perceived by others. We indicate differences and overlaps with other terms, such as mentor, that are sometimes used interchangeably. Finally, we discuss the challenges of defining this vocabulary due to the subjectiveness of the topic: who defines the norm for what is an ideal professional in engineering?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Press, 2018.
Keywords [en]
role models, terminology, diversity, equity, inclusion, engineering education, computing education
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Computer Sciences Educational Sciences
Research subject
Computer Science with specialization in Computer Science Education Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-364879ISBN: 978-1-5386-1174-6 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-364879DiVA, id: diva2:1261040
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FIE 2018, October 3–6, San Jose, CA
Available from: 2019-03-07 Created: 2018-11-06 Last updated: 2019-04-03Bibliographically approved

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