The Making of ‘Ideal’ Electrical and Computer Engineers: A Departmental Document Analysis

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2020-01-01
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Friedensen, Rachel
Rodriguez, Sarah
Doran, Erin
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This article uses document analysis to explore departmental messaging about electrical and computer engineering identity development for undergraduate students at an American research university in the Midwest. We found that these texts collectively produce an image of the ‘ideal’ electrical and computer engineer. This image depicts ‘ideal’ electrical and computer engineers as performing technical competence, being recognized for high-quality performance, and being well-rounded as well as an effective member/leader of diverse teams. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

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This is the peer-reviewed version of the following article: Friedensen, Rachel E., Sarah Rodriguez, and Erin Doran. "The Making of ‘Ideal’ Electrical and Computer Engineers: A Departmental Document Analysis." Engineering Studies (2020): 104-126, which has been published in final form at DOI: 10.1080/19378629.2020.1795182. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. Posted with permission.

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Electrical engineering, computer engineering, identity, document analysis
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