Propensity score analysis of the impacts of junior secondary students’ participation in engineering practices on their attitudes toward engineering

Xiaohong ZHAN, Daner SUN, Chunchun QIANG, Rui SONG, Zhihong WAN

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Abstract

The demand for engineering talent is increasing with economic and societal developments. Along with this, nations worldwide are attaching increasing importance to engineering education under international science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiatives. In China, engineering education at university levels is dominant. Corresponding systemic engineering education at the K-12 level has yet to be established. With the aim of determining the status of K-12 engineering education, this study investigates the impacts of students’ participation in engineering practice on their attitudes toward engineering. Survey responses from a sample of 2,193 students from junior secondary schools in Shanghai, China, are used. Sample selection bias is mitigated using propensity score methods based on weight hierarchy. The findings indicate the status of student participation in engineering practice and reveal the significant effect of the level of student participation in engineering practice on students’ attitudes toward engineering at junior secondary schools in China. Copyright © 2019 by the authors; licensee Modestum Ltd., UK.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberem1765
JournalEurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education
Volume15
Issue number11
Early online date09 May 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 09 May 2019

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Propensity Score
Engineering Education
Engineering education
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Engineering
participation
student
China
Weight Hierarchy
Sample Selection
Selection Bias
education
secondary school
Participation
Economics
mathematics

Bibliographical note

Zhan, X., Sun, D., Qiang, C., Song, R., & Wan, Z. H. (2019). Propensity score analysis of the impacts of junior secondary students’ participation in engineering practices on their attitudes toward engineering. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 15(11). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.29333/ejmste/106761

Keywords

  • Engineering practice
  • Attitudes toward engineering
  • Propensity score method