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Maarten Pinxten

Maarten Pinxten
KU Leuven | ku leuven · Leuven Engineering and Science Education Center

PhD

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October 2010 - March 2015
KU Leuven
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Publications (35)
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This study contributes to the current research in career and professional identity development in that it developed a validated competency-based framework to enhance professional and self-awareness of future engineers. Through a mixed-method design, key competencies were identified for three professional roles for early career engineers. Ninety-six...
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It is recognised that engineers end up in a wide variety of engineering positions and that the importance of professional competencies might vary accordingly. However, most studies regarding professional competencies, employability or career guidance fail to address this variety in professional roles. This systematic literature review aims to ident...
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In this study, we present a case study involving two self-service dashboards providing feedback on learning and study skills and on academic achievement. These dashboards were offered to first-year university students in several study programmes in Flanders, Belgium. Data for this study were collected using usage tracking (N = 2875) and a survey ta...
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This paper reports on a personal preference test which aligns students to a range of professional roles based on their attitudes towards performing particular tasks. The 10-item test was administered to 109 first-year engineering students at TU Dublin, Ireland and 159 third-year engineering students at KU Leuven, Belgium in September of the 2018/19...
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In order to offer engineering students a framework to get a grasp on the diverse engineering field, a Professional Roles Model for Future Engineers has been developed by Craps et al. (2018). In this model, three distinct engineering roles are defined: Operational Excellence (focus on optimization); Product Leadership (focus on innovation); Customer...
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Self and professional awareness are important factors when choosing a profession that is congruent with one's interest and competences. This study investigated the quality of professional role choice of 55 Belgian final-year engineering students. We examined congruency between vocational interest, self-perceived strengths and weaknesses and career...
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When students enter higher education, they can encounter the feeling of unpreparedness. In fact, students who lack the appropriate prior education are less prepared. Therefore developing and implementing appropriate interventions for incoming students is important. This study examined the effectiveness of two new interventions at the Faculty of Eng...
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A plethora of studies have shown that procrastination is associated with deleterious consequences. Recently, some authors argued that for some students, purposefully delaying tasks might be a beneficial strategy that is positively related with desired outcomes. To measure purposeful delay, the Active Procrastination Scale (APS), developed by Choi a...
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A better understanding of the professional future has positive outcomes for student learning and job satisfaction. However, engineering students are often unaware of what kind of engineer they want to be and what professional competences it requires. It is generally agreed that different types of jobs require different competences. To support engin...
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Excellent communication skills, work independently, a big team player, fluent in English … This is just a selection of professional competences mentioned in vacancies addressed to young engineers. Unless they are super(wo)man, it is impossible for engineering students to acquire a mastery level in all professional skills. Different types of jobs...
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First-year student success in Engineering Bachelor programs is well-studied. Both traditional statistical modelling and machine learning approaches have been used to study what makes students successful. While statistical modelling helps to obtain population-wide patterns, they often fail to create accurate predictions for individual students. Pred...
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For Europe to remain at the forefront of scientific and technological devel-opment, the current shortage of persons trained in these fields at secondary and higher education has to be overcome. The readySTEMgo project aims to improve the retention rates of higher education STEM programmes by the identification of at-risk students in an early stage....
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Although the number of engineering students is increasing, dropout rates remain high. This problem is also present in the Faculty of Engineering Technology (FET) at KU Leuven, Belgium, which resulted in the need for an in-depth analysis of the academic achievement of the bridging students there. This study examines the contribution of a range of pr...
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To stimulate a flexible lifelong learning system students can enter university via lateral entry. Unlike traditional first-year students, lateral entrance students are not well-studied. Therefore this study focuses on comparing first-year students with a specific group of lateral entrants, namely bridging students at the Faculty of Engineering Tech...
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Against the background of the increasing need for skilled scientists and engineers, the heterogeneous inflow of incoming students in science and engineering programs is particularly challenging in universities with an open-admission system. The prime objective of the present study is to determine the main academic and non-academic determinants of s...
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The readySTEMgo project is a collaboration between six European universities: KU Leuven (Finland). The prime objective of the project is to identify students with an increased drop-out risk before the start or throughout the course of the first-year in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) study programmes. Before providing an ov...
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Although there is high degree of agreement on the importance of transversal skills for engineers, employers observe a significant gap between expectations and reality. This paper discusses the need for the development of a framework of professional roles for future engineers and the implementation of dedicated skills education in engineering curric...
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The transition from secondary school to university still is a quantum leap for a substantial number of science and engineering students. This paper explores differences in the learning and study skills of 3,391 incoming science and engineering students in the STEM faculties of three European universities: Budapest Institute of Economics and Technol...
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Given its eminent role in student learning and development, it is important to understand how academic self-concept (i.e., how one perceives oneself in an academic context) is formed. Both internal and external comparisons are considered crucial antecedents: Students form their academic self-concept to a considerable extent by (externally) comparin...
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Holding students back when they do not meet a specific attainment level is common practice in a lot of countries. However, this practice is not without controversy and recent studies point at the negative effects of grade retention, especially in the long-term. The majority of these studies focused on grade retention in primary education. In our st...
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This paper investigates how pupils’ growth trajectories in three language domains (reading fluency, spelling, and reading comprehension) are related to their own socioeconomic and ethnic background and to the socioeconomic and ethnic composition of their primary school. Using multilevel piecewise growth curve analysis, the growth trajectories of ap...
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This study examines the choice of a university major with a special focus on the type of major chosen in the first year and success/failure at the end of this first year, using a sample of 2284 students in Flanders, Belgium. Extending previous research, the effects of prior subject uptake, occupational interests, prior mathematics and Dutch achieve...
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The multidimensionality of the academic self-concept in terms of domain specificity has been well established in previous studies, whereas its multidimensionality in terms of motivational functions (the so-called affect-competence separation) needs further examination. This study aims at exploring differential effects of enjoyment and competence be...
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Academic emphasis, collective efficacy, and faculty trust in students and parents (3 school characteristics positively associated with student achievement) are assumed to form a higher order latent construct, “academic optimism” (Hoy, Tarter, & Woolfolk Hoy, 2006a24. Hoy, W. K., Tarter, C. J., & Woolfolk Hoy, A. (2006a). Academic optimism of school...
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This study investigated the effect of class practices on students’ learning gains in reading comprehension in the 5th grade. A sample of 4,344 students in 283 classes in 176 schools was studied. Several class practices that have previously been demonstrated to be effective were tested while controlling for student characteristics and socioeconomic...
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This study investigated the causal ordering between general academic self-concept and academic achievement from Grade 7 to Grade 12 of secondary school by repeated assessment of 2834 Flemish adolescents. Age and sex differences were tested using structural equation modelling. Our results supported a moderate reciprocal effects model, indicating tha...
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The present study aims at unravelling the myriad of student-level (i.e., gender, socioeconomic status [SES], academic self-concept, achievement, ability, and occupational interests) and school-level (i.e., gender composition, maths composition, and SES composition) determinants of option choice in the academic track of secondary school in Flanders....
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This paper investigates how pupils’ growth trajectories in three language domains (reading fluency, spelling, and reading comprehension) are influenced by their socio-ethnic background and by the socioeconomic and ethnic composition of their school throughout primary education. For this purpose, a sample of approximately 8,000 students from 190 sch...
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The relation between academic self-concept and achievement has been examined in a large number of studies. The majority of these studies have found evidence for a reciprocal effects model. However, there is an ongoing debate on how students' achievement should be measured and whether the type of achievement indicator (grades, tests, teacher ratings...

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The PREFER project (Professional Roles and Employability of Future EngineeRs) aims to reduce the skills mismatch in the field of engineering: new engineering graduates frequently display a lack of transversal skills required by the labour market. Enterprises observe a lack of self-awareness among new engineering graduates of who they are as an engineer and what their strengths are. Despite appropriate levels of technical skills, enterprises recruiting engineers often demand a more elaborated transversal skill set. The objectives of the PREFER project are threefold. First, we aim to construct a Professional Roles Framework wherein the different roles engineers can take on in the beginning of their career are described, independent of the engineering disciplines (e.g., electronics, chemistry, ..). Each role will be characterized with an associated set of transversal skills. Thereafter, a Test System will be developed in order to (1) increase engineering students’ awareness of the multitude of professional roles in engineering and (2) to make them reflect on their own engineering identity and their interests, strengths and weaknesses. Third, we will explore how to implement these innovative tools into the engineering curriculum by running a number of pilots in the participating universities. This will result in a modern learning environment that ensures that people can develop their own talent in full on the basis of informed study and career choices. In order to reach the PREFER objectives, a well-balanced consortium is constructed. Three leading engineering education institutions (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Delft University of Technology and Dublin Institute of Technology) and three multinationals with large experience in recruiting different profiles of engineers (Engie, Siemens and ESB), are involved. In order to develop reliable and valid test material, an experienced test development partner (BDO) is a member of the team. And finally, we will guarantee a large European network thanks to three Societies of Engineers (ie-net, KIVI and Engineers Ireland), one national sector federation (AGORIA) and two European societies (SEFI and FEANI). They play an essential role in connecting higher education institutions with a large number of companies and SME’s hiring engineers.
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This project aims at reducing dropout rates of higher-education STEM programs by focusing on the academic readiness of incoming students. Our strategic partnerships, operating in the specific field of STEM education, will not only identify the key skills for first-year STEM students (objective 1) but also create diagnostic tests to assess these skills (objective 2), and develop intervention tools (objective 3) that use innovative learning methods. These three core objectives support the development, transfer, and implementation of the identified predictors, diagnostic tests, and intervention tools at the European level.