Developing self-efficacy in engineering design courses

One of my ongoing research projects is on the development of self-efficacy in team-based engineering design courses, particularly in the first year. Engineering self-efficacy is the confidence one has in one’s ability to do engineering tasks, and is a major determinant of persistence and retention in engineering programs. For this study, we are investigating factors that affect self-efficacy in team-based engineering design programs, including student background, team dynamics, and the types of activities undertaken during a course, using a mixed-methods approach. This work is in collaboration with Professor Cynthia Finelli and Dr. Laura Hirshfield at the University of Michigan and is funded by a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.