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Developing a feedback tool to gain insights into the professional identity of STEM students

Vos, M. de (2017) Developing a feedback tool to gain insights into the professional identity of STEM students.

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Abstract:It is expected that the number of jobs in the technical sector will grow the next years. Nevertheless, technical companies have to deal with a shortage of technical staff. This deficiency can be explained by the fact that many technical students leave the technical sector when they enter the labor market. The aim of this study was to develop a feedback tool to provide STEM students with personalized feedback about their professional identity. Insight in professional identity is an important step to make STEM students aware of their own professional identity and contributes to career choices that suit the student. Furthermore, a strong professional identity increases the motivation for a study and reduces the change of leaving the technical field. A literature review and focus group discussions with STEM students were used to determine the five design requirements for the feedback tool: informative, clear, goal oriented, concise and to the point, and the use of multimedia principles. In general, students indicated the feedback tool as useful to gain insights into their professional identity and the feedback turned out to be concise and to the point, informative, and clear. Students could identify themselves with the feedback and preferred to read all information about the profiles, the dimensions and the next steps. To make STEM students pro-active in their own learning and to meet the lack of the reflective nature of career guidance for STEM students the feedback tool could be used as a mapping tool to provide a starting point for a dialogue about a future career between STEM students and counselors.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 50 technical science in general, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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