Professional Development Program for High School Counselors on the Engineering Design Process (Evaluation)

Lydia Ross, Medha Dalal, Adam R. Carberry, Jacob Roarty

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High school counselors play a pivotal role in students' educational pathways to STEM careers. Guidance provided by these school officials can be critical in student selection of elective courses, achievement, and fostering an environment through outreach activities. Each of these factors can influence students' career interests, college choice, and major selection, which can have a major impact on diversifying who pursues degrees in engineering. This research study details the development of a professional development (PD) program for high school guidance counselors to better understand how such an experience can impact counselor perception of engineering. Counselors participated in a series of engineering design activities to learn more about the engineering process, engineering stereotypes, stereotype threats, implicit biases, and different disciplines within engineering to better inform their students of future career options. Details are provided around the design of the engineering counselor PD as well as insights into how the PD impacted counselor perceptions of engineering. The study has implications toward broadening participation in engineering through school counselor professional development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jul 26 2021
Event2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference, ASEE 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jul 26 2021Jul 29 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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