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Professionalism in Engineering Technology: A Study of Final Course Grades, Student Professionalism, Attendance, and Punctuality

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Jeffrey M. Ulmer

University of Central Missouri
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Professor of Engineering Technology, Technology Management, and Industrial Management at the University of Central Missouri
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Final course grades and professionalism grades were compared to determine statistically significant differences for (1) students with 90% or higher final course grades, (2) students with 80–90% final course grades, (3) students with 70–80% final course grades, (4) students with 0–70% final course grades, and (5)all students with a final course grade. Forty-one engineering technologycourses were offered over 16 semesters (fall 2013 through fall 2018) in 100%online, face-to-face, and hybrid formats. Student populations were bothundergraduate and graduate (master’s) students in engineering technologycourses at one Midwestern university. A total of 729 students were involved inthe study. Study results indicate that professionalism grades, in terms ofattendance and punctuality, were high (median of 93.33–100%) for studentsearning 80–100% median final course grades. Students earning 70–80% meanfinal course grades were less motivated to earn high professionalism grades—earning a 75.20% mean. There was little difference between final course gradesand professionalism grades for students earning less than a 70% median for afinal course grade. The aggregate of all student final course grades (median of91.35%) in comparison to professionalism grades (median of 98.28%) yielded asignificant difference.
How to Cite: Ulmer, J. M. (2020). Professionalism in Engineering Technology: A Study of Final Course Grades, Student Professionalism, Attendance, and Punctuality. Journal of Technology Education, 31(2), 56–68. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jte.v31i2.a.4
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Published on 22 Mar 2020.
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