Inês Direito

Inês Direito
University College London | UCL · Centre for Engineering Education

PhD in Psychology | MSc in Cognitive Sciences

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September 2017 - present
University College London
Position
  • Research Associate
April 2016 - September 2017
University College London
Position
  • Research Associate
August 2014 - March 2016
Kingston University London
Position
  • Lead Researcher
Education
September 2014 - May 2015
Kingston University London
Field of study
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
January 2010 - December 2013
University of Aveiro
Field of study
  • Psychology
September 2006 - March 2009
University of Minho
Field of study
  • Cognitive Sciences

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Publications (72)
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Engineering education literature shares a consensual vision of the importance of soft skills for every workplace. However, undergraduates may not be aware of soft skills importance for their future employment and professional development. This research examines how undergraduates rate their current proficiency in a range of soft skills, and how do...
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When starting a career, many engineering graduates possess the necessary technical knowledge but present serious behavioural mismatches. The lack of transversal skills, such as working well in teams and successful time management, can represent an important handicap in their careers and the resulting limitations can significantly impair their capab...
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Research on the role of grit – defined as both perseverance and passion for long-term goals – on human performance has been conducted for the past decade. It has been suggested that this non-cognitive factor is a better predictor of students’ retention than traditional academic measures. These findings hold relevance for engineering education resea...
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When attending and participating in Higher Education, students face a multitude of personal, social, and work-related challenges, which may increase the risk of devel- oping psychopathological symptomatology. To date, there is no instrument that grasps the non-technical skills that may help prepare students to respond to these challenges. This pape...
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ROSES IN, ROSES OUT – HOW THE FRAMEWORK OF MANAGEMENT BY COMPETENCIES IN HRM CAN HELP ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF DOCTORAL CANDIDATES AND GRADUATES SOFT SKILLS DEVELOPMENT IN ENGINEERING H. Martins1, I. Direito2, A. Freitas3, A. Salgado4 1CEOS.PP (PORTUGAL) 2University College London (UNITED KINGDOM) 3Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (PO...
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CONTEXT There is today a broad consensus that emotions influence all forms of teaching and learning, and scholarship on Emotions in Engineering Education (EEE) is an emerging and rapidly growing field. However, this nascent research is currently very dispersed and not well consolidated. There is also a lack of knowledge about the state of the art,...
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The term ‘global responsibility’ projects a holistic sense of ethics, sustainability, and obligation. To achieve the long-term viability of human life on Earth, civil engineering must be conducted in increasingly responsible ways, and civil engineers must value and enact global responsibility in their work. Interviews conducted with nine civil engi...
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Significant efforts have been made to promote gender equality in higher education (HE) in Europe. Examples include the establishment of the Athena Swan Charter in the UK in 2005 and the 2019 launch of the Irène Curie Fellowship scheme by Eindhoven University of Technology. But which initiatives address broader diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)...
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This exploratory study investigates how nine London-based civil engineers have enacted ‘global responsibility’ and how their efforts involve ethics and professionalism. The study assesses moral philosophies related to ethics, as well as professional engineering bodies’ visions, accreditation standards, and requirements for continuing professional d...
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Dropout from engineering studies has been linked to ‘fixed mindset’ beliefs of intelligence as fixed-at-birth that make students more likely to disengage when facing new challenges. In contrast, ‘growth mindset’ beliefs that intelligence can be improved with effort make students more likely to persist when confronting difficulties. This systematic...
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In the UK Higher Education, 20% of all academic engineering staff and 12% of engineering students are European nationals. There has been much discussion about the impact of the UK’s departure from the European Union in current and future relationships. However, prior to this study, no data on the impact of Brexit on engineering education and resear...
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This Work-in-Progress research paper describes preliminary work on a research agenda for emotions in engineering education. Emotions play an important role for teaching and learning in engineering education, but research on the topic is scarce. To spur research in this area, the authors participate in an international collaboration that aims to map...
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As modern STEM programmes move to focus on a more skills based curriculum, a different approach to conceptualising learning is required. Learning skills is a very different process to learning a list of technical information. In the same way that becoming fluent in a language requires more than learning a list of vocabulary. Curricula are addressin...
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High achievers with low self-efficacy in science lack interest in choosing science studies and careers. Wide-ranging knowledge of specific working life skills in science-related careers can help students identify their own strengths in science. This improves their self-efficacy beliefs in science and further promotes interest in pursuing science st...
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Organizations that regulate civil engineering have been pressing for integration of 'global responsibility' into higher education curricula since around 2006, with a goal of achieving environmental sustainability and social justice. In an effort led by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE, 2007, 2009), a global vision for civil engineering...
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Engineering programs can be very demanding, particularly in the first years where students encounter new forms of highly challenging coursework. To better prepare and support students, educators must acknowledge non-academic factors, such as the role of self-beliefs and personal attributes. Education research suggests that students are more likely...
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Organizations that regulate civil engineering have been pressing for integration of 'global responsibility' into higher education curricula since around 2006, with a goal of achieving environmental sustainability and social justice. In an effort led by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE, 2007, 2009), a global vision for civil engineering...
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This study uses phenomenographic research methodologies to identify qualitatively different ways engineering and architecture students conceptualize design creation; it seeks to discover if and how their conceptualizations of design creation relate to their conceptualizations of knowledge generation. This work extends prior research by King and Kit...
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Engineering education is rapidly changing. The adoption of active learning in all its forms requires educators to keep abreast of the pedagogical changes whilst at the same time supporting staff and students in moving away from stereotypical behaviours and encouraging inclusive approaches to interactions in order to ensure an equitable education fo...
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Engineering programs can be very demanding, particularly in the first years where students often encounter challenging coursework. Dropout from engineering studies has been linked to ‘fixed mindset’ beliefs that make students more likely to give up when facing new challenges. Extensive research evidenced that students with a ‘fixed mindset’ believe...
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Context-based learning (CBL) approaches have been recommended and expanded in science education to make science more relevant to students by connecting science content with students’ daily life. Subsequently, in order to implement CBL at school, a group of scenarios has been produced by several stakeholders. However, there is a lack of resources to...
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Over the past four years, the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London (UCL) has been implementing a multi-disciplinary curriculum review of engineering education – the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP) – where students, from the very beginning of their degree, engage with the practical application of engineering and skills...
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Since the mid-1990s, master’s level study has experienced massification in terms of participation in the UK. Although the Higher Education Academy undertakes valuable surveys examining the master’s and research postgraduate student experience, they occur near the end of a student’s study journey. Up until 2014, there had been limited research under...
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Before the EU referendum in June 2016, the proportion of European nationals in engineering and technology in UK’s higher education was 19% for academic staff, 6% and 15% for students (undergraduate and postgraduate, respectively). This paper presents an overview of the number of Portuguese academic staff and students working and studying in the UK,...
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Research on engineering first-year students’ expectations and perceptions is important to understand what influences interest, achievement and persistence. This is particularly relevant when assessing the impact of new engineering education curricula. This paper reports a quantitative analysis of a pre-degree survey targeting students’ expectations...
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Research looking at students’ perceptions of advantage and disadvantage in higher education (HE) has focused on two main areas; student learning and perceptions of the academic environment and large scale statistics looking at participation, progression and attainment through the lens of certain demographic groups at undergraduate level. However, t...
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Gender issues in science education have been widely reported in the literature and linked to the underrepresentation of women in science careers, particularly in physics. Drawing on survey data from the European Commission funded project “MultiCO – Promoting youth scientific career awareness and its attractiveness through multi-stakeholder cooperat...
Technical Report
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The profound shortage in the engineering skills pipeline is well documented and so the EPC enthusiastically welcomes the development and promotion of degree apprenticeships. The whole engineering sector shares the hope that degree apprenticeships will prove a significant channel for tomorrow's engineers to gain the skills, qualifications, knowledge...
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There is extensive knowledge of learning and teaching behaviour and practice at undergraduate level, but limited, albeit increasing, of postgraduate taught study. The Postgraduate Experience Project (PEP) was one of 20 projects funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to explore ways of widening participation at postgraduate maste...
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This briefing paper reports the headline findings from PEP of social class and generational status participation amongst the respondents, their access to economic capital, and the impact on their participation at postgraduate masters level.
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The literature defines a commuter student as someone who lives off campus and not in university accommodation (Jacoby, 1989). However, there is no definition of the ‘distance’ that constitutes someone being a commuter student. For the purpose of this briefing paper, a commuter student is someone who has to travel 5 miles or more to their university...
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Briefing Paper 13 reports the destination outcomes and attitudes towards the value of postgraduate study of PEP’s scholarship recipients (see Briefing Paper 2 for an overview).
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PEP’s research and its National Dialogical Conference have highlighted a range of key issues and generated suggestions to address them. They will all be covered in the final report due to be published in late October. Two of the critical key issues, which are future PGT markets and student finance, are covered in this briefing paper.
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Discussion paper for a UK Graduate Alumni Discount Scheme (GrADS): a discount for local people holding a UK degree to help widen participation, sustain the local economy and local higher education.
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This briefing paper reports the findings of employers’ perception of value of a Master’s qualification and their expectations of the skills a PGT graduate does/should provide business and industry. The Leitch Review highlighted the importance of postgraduates in driving innovation, entrepreneurship, management and leadership in business (Leitch 200...
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This briefing paper reports the headline learning and teaching findings of 1,235 PGT STEM respondents across 11 UK universities from the Entry to Study Survey (Sept/Oct 2014).
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This briefing paper reports the headline findings highlighting the concerns and anxieties of PGT STEM students in the Entry to Study Survey (September/October 2014) and the Finance Survey (June 2015) and the support they felt would have been helpful. Where appropriate it draws on findings from other research activities within PEP.
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This briefing paper reports the headline findings of the debt levels of PGT STEM students prior to PG study and their anticipated debt as a direct result of undertaking an MSc qualification. It also reports what current PGT STEM students feel would have been viable funding options for them when starting their postgraduate studies.
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This briefing paper reports the headline findings of the non-enrolment results of applicants.
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This briefing paper reports the headline findings of the ‘expected’ and ‘actual’ funding methods for PGT study by students. Funding issues were explored in the Entry to Study Survey (Sept 2014), the Focus Groups (Mar 2015) and the Finance survey (Jun 2015).
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This briefing paper reports the headline findings of the motivations of students in undertaking PGT STEM study and their expected outcomes as reported in the Entry to Study Survey undertaken in September/October 2014.
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The Postgraduate Experience Project was one of 20 projects funded through HEFCE's £25m Phase 1 Postgraduate Support Scheme that was designed to test ways of supporting progression into taught postgraduate education in England. PEP was the largest consortium funded by HEFCE and comprised of 11 universities (9 English [9E Group], 1 Welsh and 1 Scotti...
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The focus of this briefing paper is to explain the rationale for the PEP scholarships and the allocation method adopted.
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This anthology is a collection of stories describing the very personal journey of some of the project’s scholarship recipients in getting to the start line of their MSc degree. Collecting their personal accounts was not a planned activity of the project, but as the scholarships were being awarded by the nine English partners, some recipients starte...
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This briefing paper reports the headline findings of the Integrated Survey undertaken by undergraduate STEM Masters students in March 2015. The survey was part of the Postgraduate Experience Project
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The main goal of higher education is to support students learning empowerment and also prepare them to solve problems in the real world. Tutoring and collaborative methods will help to stimulate students’ motivation and learning empowerment in education contexts. Simulator games are other methodologies that can be used to support students’ active l...
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This paper presents results from a multidisciplinary program targeted at engineering education and at the development of entrepreneurial mind in telecommunications engineering students. The basic concept is rooted in a capstone-like project with the following characteristics: (i) Creation of student awareness about real world engineering activities...
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When starting a career many engineering graduates have serious behavioral mismatches and very limited knowledge about the activity sectors and businesses where they become involved. These circumstances can represent an important handicap in their careers and the resulting limitations can significantly impair their capability to play the roles that...
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This paper describes the results of an educational project aiming to promote improved learning and entrepreneurial spirit among engineering students by resorting to the simulation of real world business cases in a collaborative digital environment. The approach is based on the combination of the following ingredients: - Creation of student awarenes...
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This paper presents a framework for the design and implementation of learning objects using a competence-based approach. This framework is illustrated by the development of a standalone Windows application (Trilho GOA) whose primary purpose is to create standardized pedagogical contents trough the aggregation and standardization of instructional re...
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A psicologia cognitiva desempenha um papel fundamental na aprendizagem apoiada por computador e em registo a distância. Os modelos teóricos e as abordagens empíricas desenvolvidos neste domínio têm possibilitado, entre outros: (a) a optimização da aprendizagem de conhecimentos e competências através da adaptação do sistema e-learning aos conhecimen...
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This paper presents the case of an integrated program involving a network of higher education engineering institu-tions, K-12 (secondary technical schools and vocational training centers) and several economic sectors. The case is based on a Portuguese initiative that has been active for the past 7 years in the industrial district of Aveiro, Portuga...
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The paper describes the results of an educational project aiming to promote improved learning and entrepreneurial spirit among engineering students by resorting to the simulation of real world business cases in a collaborative digital environment. The fundamental motivations are the following: (a) Due to the emphasis that is made in the basic prepa...

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