Tools for Teaching and Learning Engineering Practices: Pathways Towards Productive Identity Developing in Engineering (I-Engineering)

Achievement and interest gaps remain in engineering for students from underrepresented backgrounds. The STEM education field needs research and development that addresses both the learning problem—supporting students in learning engineering design—and the identity problem—supporting students in recognizing that they belong in engineering. By engaging students in both the technical and social dimensions of engineering design, students both learn important engineering practices and develop a personal identity of being an engineer that can lead to a long-term commitment to STEM study and future careers.