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One Approach to Motivation and Identity: Turning a Dissertation Finding into a Research Agenda

Rachel Louis Kajfez
Assistant Professor of Engineering Education

The Ohio State University

Friday 11/9 10:10-11:40am
Goodwin 145


Motivation and identity are two complex constructs that influence our experiences. They are multifaceted and have affects that are far reaching.  In this seminar, three different studies that use self-determination theory and future possible theory as theoretical lenses will be presented. One study focuses on undergraduates’ exploration of entrepreneurial minded learning, one explores graduate teaching assistants’ experiences in first-year engineering, and one centers on faculty who are engaging in information learning experiences with the public.  In addition to a brief overview of these studies and their finding, suggestions for turning a dissertation finding into a research agenda will be discussed to aid students who are considering a future career in educational research.

Bio: Dr. Rachel Louis Kajfez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Ohio State and earned her Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech. Her research interests focus on the intersection between motivation and identity of undergraduate and graduate students, first-year engineering programs, mixed methods research, and innovative approaches to teaching. She leads the RIME Collaborative and the Toy Adaptation Program, both of which are actively looking to expand and form multi-institution collaborations.