Using Motivational Interviewing to Assist Engineering Students in Finding a More Inclusive Way Forward (2021)
Many minority and under-represented minority University engineering students are experiencing a chilly climate, which is partially a result of experiencing higher levels of micro-aggressions, harassment, discrimination and unkind acts. It can be challenging to address these issues effectively through formal University discipline procedures. This paper discusses an informal approach to addressing such acts as an early intervention and education approach. Specifically, 17 University staff and faculty in engineering were trained to use Motivational Interviewing for change conversations around disrespectful and disruptive behavior. This paper describes the training program and early results. There are promising signs of the applicability of MI conversations to address not only problem behavior and engineering culture, but also dishonest practice, stereotype threat, academic progress, academic study skills, team dynamics and study habits. Given these promising early results discussion is underway with the University about expanding the program further.
CitationMartin P, Britt E (2021). Using Motivational Interviewing to Assist Engineering Students in Finding a More Inclusive Way Forward. Virtual conference, USA: CoNECD. 24/01/2021-28/01/2021. CoNECD conference proceedings.
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Keywordsundergraduate; engineering; inclusion; motivational interviewing
ANZSRC Fields of Research40 - Engineering::4010 - Engineering practice and education::401002 - Engineering education
47 - Language, communication and culture::4701 - Communication and media studies::470108 - Organisational, interpersonal and intercultural communication
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