Measuring the compatibility between engineering students' personality types and major of study: A first step towards preventing engineering education dropouts

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Abstract

Research suggests that almost half of engineering students switch to other majors or drop out mainly due to three key reasons: teaching and advising insufficiency; complexity of engineering curriculum; and a lack of 'belonging' within engineering [1]. The current study measures the compatibility between engineering undergraduate students' personality types and their major of study in order to estimate the extent to which engineering students 'belong' within engineering. An online questionnaire of Holland's typology of personality was used to obtain scores on students' personality types. Results suggest that the match between students' personality types and Engineering is relatively low. An improvement in this match could help avert engineering dropout.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering Education Towards Openness and Sustainability, IEEE EDUCON 2014
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages192-195
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781479931910
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event2014 4th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference: Engineering Education Towards Openness and Sustainability, IEEE EDUCON 2014 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 Apr 20145 Apr 2014

Other

Other2014 4th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference: Engineering Education Towards Openness and Sustainability, IEEE EDUCON 2014
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period3/04/145/04/14

Keywords

  • engineering education
  • higher education dropouts
  • Holland Typology Test
  • managenet
  • Personality type testing

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    Ktoridou, D., & Epaminonda, E. (2014). Measuring the compatibility between engineering students' personality types and major of study: A first step towards preventing engineering education dropouts. In 2014 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference: Engineering Education Towards Openness and Sustainability, IEEE EDUCON 2014 (pp. 192-195). [6826089] IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON.2014.6826089