Engineering Students as Science Teachers: A Case Study on Students' Motivation

Aharon Gero

Abstract


The program "Educational Clinic" was recently developed and implemented at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. This one year program is designed to train engineering students as teaching assistants in high schools in order to help high school pupils with mathematics and science. The study described in this paper tracked changes in students' motivation to participate in the program throughout the year. Data was collected by questionnaires and interviews. The findings reveal that alongside a fixed high level of extrinsic motivational factors, which reflect student satisfaction of improving their teaching skills, a considerable increase was found in the level of intrinsic motivational factors, which express the students' interest in the program.

Keywords


engineering education; motivation; outreach activities; science teaching

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International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP) – eISSN: 2192-4880
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