Development of the Value Alignment and Adaptation Strategies (VAAS) Instrument

Rohini Abhyankar, Samantha Brunhaver

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This work in progress research paper describes the development of the Value Alignment and Adaptation Strategies (VAAS) instrument. This survey has been designed to better understand how the personal and perceived workplace cultural values of early career engineers, and women in particular, relate to the behaviors they adopt at work (termed 'adaptation strategies'). Grounded in Schwartz's personal and cultural value theory, Berry's acculturation theory, and the literature on gender and persistence in engineering, the survey proposes three new constructs - Value Alignment, Value Orientation, and Adaptation Strategies (operationalized based on Berry's model as assimilation, integration, separation, and marginalization). The online instrument is being piloted in spring and summer 2019 to recent engineering alumni of a large, public southwestern university. Exploratory factor analysis and tests of reliability are being conducted using the pilot data to establish preliminary evidence of construct validity and internal consistency for each scale before deploying the survey to a larger alumni population. Findings using this survey have a potential to influence researchers, university and industry stakeholders, practicing engineers, and students, which may in turn lead to greater inclusivity within the engineering profession and better preparation of engineers for the workplace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728117461
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Event49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019 - Covington, United States
Duration: Oct 16 2019Oct 19 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Conference49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Value alignment
  • adaptation strategies
  • early career engineers
  • engineering culture
  • women engineers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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