Engineering identity: Analysing e-portfolios in a professional communications course

G.R. Nudelman
2017 South African Journal of Higher Education  
Current research points to an increase in the inclusion of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in higher education contexts. This study considers the e-portfolios created by a cohort of final-year electrical engineering students at a South African university. With an understanding of the homepage text as discourse, the study seeks to investigate how students identify as professional engineers. Qualitative analysis of the homepage text of the students' sites indicate that the students
more » ... e that the students see themselves as technological innovators, all-rounders and leaders who are driven by passion to reach their goals and positively impact the world. The conclusions that can be drawn are that the students' identities as engineers are purposeful, multifaceted and evolving in relation to the changing nature of industry, and that they reflect the students' employability.
doi:10.20853/31-2-791 fatcat:ibf4yj2fdfhjdp5iehsiwmje74