Exploring All I See: Interdisciplinary Affinity and Goal Orientations of Physics and Engineering Majors

Tyler D. Scott, Riley Harder
2018 2017 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings   unpublished
Previous work has suggested that a mastery goal orientation is very strongly and significantly correlated with interdisciplinary affinity. Also, students attracted to different fields differ in their interdisciplinarity and motivations. This work seeks to establish and understand the quantitative connection between mastery orientation and interdisciplinary affinity and identify ways in which physics and engineering students are different in these characteristics. This is accomplished through
more » ... mplished through surveys and interviews with physics and engineering undergraduates at liberal arts colleges. Results confirm the strong link between mastery orientation and interdisciplinary affinity. They also show that mastery orientation and interdisciplinary affinity are connected to similar motivations. This has important implications for physics educators who see both physics and engineering students in their classrooms.
doi:10.1119/perc.2017.pr.086 fatcat:6yau3dfxkbgshjgy4jrxazjufy