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Investigating the Engineering Expansive Learning Spaces for Boys of Color

Supported by National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

Project led by:

Christopher Wright, PhD

This project seeks to extend the field’s understanding of the ways in which males of color develop engineering competencies and identities, as well as to investigate how expansive engineering spaces can support students’ developing competencies and identities.

Expansive learning spaces refer to learning spaces that provide students with opportunities for restructuring the meanings of engagement in engineering learning spaces. These opportunities involve imagining alternative & broadened meanings of what it means to “do engineering” and “to be a good engineer” in order to make for more inclusive and interesting engineering learning environments for males of color. The primary objectives of this research are to:

  1. Examine and characterize the relationships between students’ engineering competencies & identities
  2. Examine and characterize elements within engineering learning environments that impact students’ developing competencies & identities
  3. Develop hypotheses for the design of expansive engineering learning spaces for increasing students’ competencies and identities.

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