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Social identities among engineering students and through their transition to work: a longitudinal study
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2013 (English)In: Studies in Higher Education, ISSN 0307-5079, E-ISSN 1470-174X, Vol. 38, no 1, 39-52 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article draws on a longitudinal and qualitative study of students in a masters program in engineering. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to analyze annual, semi-structured interviews with ten students, from the first semester until one year after graduation. The program enjoys a high status and has a reputation of being highly demanding. The results show how the students categorize themselves in relation to outgroups, and partly supports earlier research. The longitudinal design made it possible to study how students social identities changed throughout their program, and when they went through a transition process to work. The graduated students developed an identity change, which involved a restructuring of the ways in which they understood their position in the social world.

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Routledge, 2013. Vol. 38, no 1, 39-52 p.
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social identity, longitudinal study, engineering graduate, engineering student, transition
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-88659DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2011.560934ISI: 000313615200004OAI: diva2:605502
Available from: 2013-02-14 Created: 2013-02-14 Last updated: 2013-02-26

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