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Outreach initiatives operated by universities for increasing interest in science and technology

Gumaelius, Lena; Almqvist, Monica LU ; Arnadottir, Anna LU ; Axelsson, Anders LU ; Conejero, J. Alberto; Garcia-Sabater, José P.; Klitgaard, Lene; Kozma, Cecilia; Maheut, Julien and Marin-Garcia, Juan, et al. (2016) In European Journal of Engineering Education 41(6). p.589-622
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Since the 1990s, the low number of students choosing to study science and technology in higher education has been on the societal agenda and many initiatives have been launched to promote awareness regarding career options. The initiatives particularly focus on increasing enrolment in the engineering programmes. This article describes and compares eight European initiatives that have been established and operated by universities (and in some cases through collaboration with other actors in society). Each initiative is summarised in a short essay that discusses motivation, organisation, pedagogical approach, and activities. The initiatives are characterised by comparing the driving forces behind their creation, how the initiative... (More)

Since the 1990s, the low number of students choosing to study science and technology in higher education has been on the societal agenda and many initiatives have been launched to promote awareness regarding career options. The initiatives particularly focus on increasing enrolment in the engineering programmes. This article describes and compares eight European initiatives that have been established and operated by universities (and in some cases through collaboration with other actors in society). Each initiative is summarised in a short essay that discusses motivation, organisation, pedagogical approach, and activities. The initiatives are characterised by comparing the driving forces behind their creation, how the initiative activities relate to the activities at the university, size based on the number of participants and cost per participant and pedagogical framework. There seem to be two main tracks for building outreach activities, one where outreach activities are based on the university's normal activities, and one where outreach activities are designed specifically for the visiting students.

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engineering education, Outreach, outreach initiatives, pre engineering education
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European Journal of Engineering Education
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Taylor & Francis
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10.1080/03043797.2015.1121468
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  abstract     = {<p>Since the 1990s, the low number of students choosing to study science and technology in higher education has been on the societal agenda and many initiatives have been launched to promote awareness regarding career options. The initiatives particularly focus on increasing enrolment in the engineering programmes. This article describes and compares eight European initiatives that have been established and operated by universities (and in some cases through collaboration with other actors in society). Each initiative is summarised in a short essay that discusses motivation, organisation, pedagogical approach, and activities. The initiatives are characterised by comparing the driving forces behind their creation, how the initiative activities relate to the activities at the university, size based on the number of participants and cost per participant and pedagogical framework. There seem to be two main tracks for building outreach activities, one where outreach activities are based on the university's normal activities, and one where outreach activities are designed specifically for the visiting students.</p>},
  author       = {Gumaelius, Lena and Almqvist, Monica and Arnadottir, Anna and Axelsson, Anders and Conejero, J. Alberto and Garcia-Sabater, José P. and Klitgaard, Lene and Kozma, Cecilia and Maheut, Julien and Marin-Garcia, Juan and Mickos, Henrik and Nilsson, Per Olof and Norén, Agneta and Pinho-Lopes, Margarida and Prenzel, Manfred and Ray, Johanna and Roxå, Torgny and Voss, Mirjam},
  issn         = {0304-3797},
  keyword      = {engineering education,Outreach,outreach initiatives,pre engineering education},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {11},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {589--622},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {European Journal of Engineering Education},
  title        = {Outreach initiatives operated by universities for increasing interest in science and technology},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03043797.2015.1121468},
  volume       = {41},
  year         = {2016},
}