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2017;88-105. doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2212-6.ch005.

Developing a learning community of engineers through an honors first-year seminar.

M L Johnson, K Spear

UIID-AD: 4218 DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2212-6.ch005


First-year engineering majors face a myriad of obstacles as they begin college. Taking challenging foundational coursework, navigating new expectations for performance and experience, and understanding the broader impact of their academic interests are just a few of those obstacles. In addition, female students sometimes face additional barriers to success, particularly as some question their own competence in the field. This chapter focuses on a first-year seminar for honors students that highlights the high impact practices (Kuh, 2008) students should participate in throughout their undergraduate career. These practices include global engagement, undergraduate research, and internships that are essential for early exposure to future career interests. By developing both formal and informal learning communities within the seminar (Johnson, Pasquini, & Rodems, 2013), first-year students are exposed to opportunities, mentoring, and support that help them make informed decisions about their major and career. © 2017 by IGI Global. All rights reserved.

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