Industry, academe, and the values of undergraduate engineers

Edward J. Hackett, Jennifer L Croissant, Blair Schneider

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This paper contributes to research about organizational effects on the socialization of undergraduates and the formation of engineers' values by examining the effects of exposure to academic and industrial work, in the form of cooperative employment and undergraduate research, on the educational experiences, job values, and life objectives of engineering students. Using data from a questionnaire survey conducted in the spring of 1990, we found that both programs strongly influenced participants' skills, job values, and life objectives, even when social background, academic performance, reasons for attending college, parental socialization, and other collegiate and noncollegiate variables were controlled. Cooperative employment more strongly influenced students' skills and had a greater effect on their career decisions, but research experience had a surprisingly powerful influence on values and life objectives, particularly the value placed on receiving peer recognition and influencing the political structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-295
Number of pages21
JournalResearch in Higher Education
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Industry, academe, and the values of undergraduate engineers. / Hackett, Edward J.; Croissant, Jennifer L; Schneider, Blair.

In: Research in Higher Education, Vol. 33, No. 3, 06.1992, p. 275-295.

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Hackett, Edward J. ; Croissant, Jennifer L ; Schneider, Blair. / Industry, academe, and the values of undergraduate engineers. In: Research in Higher Education. 1992 ; Vol. 33, No. 3. pp. 275-295.
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