Social identities among engineering students and through their transition to work: a longitudinal study

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Author: Jungert, Tomas

Abstract:

This article draws on a longitudinal and qualitative study of students in a master's program in engineering. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to analyse annual, semi-structured interviews with 10 students, from the first semester until one year after graduation. The program enjoys a high status and has a reputation of being highly demanding. The results show how the students categorise themselves in relation to outgroups, and partly supports earlier research. The longitudinal design made it possible to study how students' social identities changed throughout their program, and when they went through a transition process to work. The graduated students developed an identity change, which involved a restructuring of the ways in which they understood their position in the social world.

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This article draws on a longitudinal and qualitative study of students in a master's program in engineering. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to analyse annual, semi-structured interviews with 10 students, from the first semester until one year after graduation. The program enjoys a high status and has a reputation of being highly demanding. The results show how the students categorise themselves in relation to outgroups, and partly supports earlier research. The longitudinal design made it possible to study how students' social identities changed throughout ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Research; Employment; Higher education; Culture and society; Students

Keywords: Longitudinal study; Transition from education and training to employment; Social development; Qualitative research; Graduates

Geographic subjects: Sweden; Europe

Published: London, England: Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2013

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Journal title: Studies in higher education

Journal volume : 38

Journal number: 1

Journal date: 2013

Pages: pp. 39-52

ISSN: 0307-5079; 1470-174X (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call Number:
TD/TNC 111.319



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