Applying Stages of Change in an Academic Context to Help Students Adopt Healthy Learning Dispositions and Behaviors

Dong San Choi, Michael C. Loui

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Abstract

In this work in progress paper for the research category, we describe preliminary results from our design-based research project. Students leave engineering majors for many reasons. However, studies on goal orientation theory have shown that mastery goal orientation has positive correlations with outcomes such as persistence, self-efficacy, and self-regulated learning. We developed and taught an eight-week, one-credit course called Engineering the Mind as an intervention to encourage students to adopt positive learning dispositions and behaviors. We used the Stages of Change model as our theoretical framework to understand how engineering students adopt these learning dispositions and behaviors. We used multiple methods to assess student outcomes, collecting pre-post survey data as well as students' self-reflection assignments. In our preliminary results, we describe students in different Stages of Change based on their weekly course assignment on planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Education
Subtitle of host publicationFostering Innovation Through Diversity, FIE 2018 - Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538611739
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 4 2019
Event48th Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2018 - San Jose, United States
Duration: Oct 3 2018Oct 6 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Volume2018-October
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Conference

Conference48th Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2018
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period10/3/1810/6/18

Keywords

  • Design-based research
  • Goal orientation
  • Mindset
  • Self-regulation
  • Stages of Change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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