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The Pride and Joy of Engineering? The Identity Work of Male Working-Class Engineering Students
Department of Education, Uppsala University Uppsala, Sweden.
Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. (UmSER)
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education. (UmSER)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3614-1692
2019 (English)In: Engineering Studies, ISSN 1937-8629, E-ISSN 1940-8374, Vol. online: 10 Sep 2019, p. 1-25Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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In this article, we explore the identity work done by four male,working-class students who participate in a Swedish mechanicalengineering program, with a focus on their participation in projectwork. A focus on how individuals negotiate their participation in scienceand technology disciplines has proven to be a valuable way tostudy inclusion and exclusion in such disciplines. This is of particularrelevance in engineering education where it is widely argued thatchange is needed in order to attract new groups of students andprovide students with knowledge appropriate for the future society.In this study we conceptualized identity as socially and discursivelyproduced, and focus on tracing students’ identity trajectories. Theempirical data consists of ethnographic field notes from lectures,video-recordings of project work, semi-structured interviews, andvideo-diaries recorded by the students. The findings show that eventhough all four students unproblematically associate with the ‘technicist’masculinity of their chosen program it takes considerable workto incorporate the project work into their engineering trajectories.Further, ‘laddish’ masculinities re/produced in higher education inengineering also contribute to a ‘troubled’ identity trajectory for oneof the interviewed students.

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Routledge, 2019. Vol. online: 10 Sep 2019, p. 1-25
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Engineering education, gender, identity, mechanical engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-163227DOI: 10.1080/19378629.2019.1663859OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-163227DiVA, id: diva2:1350315
Available from: 2019-09-11 Created: 2019-09-11 Last updated: 2019-09-20

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