Institutional discourses in engineering education and practice

Nathan McNeill, Elliot P. Douglas, Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, David J. Therriault

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


An individual's identity is shaped by socially situated discourses-communications, interactions, language, objects, symbols, tools, ways of thinking, values, and beliefs. Discourses promoted by organizations that educate and employ engineers identify what it means to belong to the engineering profession, what an engineer should know, what values they should hold, and how they should act. This study employed qualitative content analysis to identify engineering discourses communicated by two types of organizations (i.e., universities and companies) through their websites. Findings illustrate that such institutions are clearly using their websites to promote discourses relating to their visions of engineering and what it means to be an engineer. This study begins to address the social construction of engineering identity through discourses promoted by institutions which contribute to defining engineering practice. Future work will explore the impact of these discourses on students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
ISBN (Print)9780878232413
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2012Jun 13 2012


Other119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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