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Advancing High School STEM Education: Implications for Engineering Technology

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Pre-college Engineering Education Division Technical Session 5

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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Anne M. Lucietto Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Lucietto has focused her research in engineering technology education and the understanding of engineering technology students. She teaches in an active learning style which engages and develops practical skills in the students. Currently she is exploring the performance and attributes of engineering technology students and using that knowledge to engage them in their studies.

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Mesut Akdere Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Mesut Akdere is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Development in the Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation at Purdue University, West Lafayette. Mesut Akdere received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Human Resource Development with a minor in Human Resources and Industrial Relations. Currently, he is serving as the Director of Purdue Polytechnic Leadership Academy helping STEM students develop their leadership competencies. He is also the inaugural faculty research fellow at the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment, and Research at Purdue University. Dr. Akdere’s research focuses on workforce development in STEM fields, developing intercultural leadership competencies through immersive learning technologies including augmented reality and virtual reality, quality management, and performance improvement through training and organization development. He is currently serving as the Director of HRD Virtual Lab as well as HRD Analytics Lab in the Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation. Dr. Akdere published in business, management, technology, training, human resources, organization development, and education journals. He teaches courses in human resource development, leadership, training, organization development, cross-cultural management, and strategic planning. He is serving on the editorial boards of several international journals including Human Resource Development Quarterly and Total Quality Management & Business Excellence.

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A novel STEM education approach focused on competency-based education was implemented in a college preparatory high school. This high school is intended to provide students access to a nearby higher education institution, with the intent of aiding the students in obtaining STEM based education. This program prepares the students to move into the university environment by encouraging faculty collaboration with the high school, coursework promoting creativity and problem-solving skills, and the use of case studies in classroom instruction. These case studies are grounded in real-life scenarios students can expect to encounter in a professional setting. This study focuses on the implementation of the program through the first-year experiences of teachers and administrators through semi-structured interviews. The results presented highlight study findings and shed light on challenges in establishing a student-focused STEM learning environment while exploring new pedagogies, developing an innovative curriculum, and teaching.

Lucietto, A. M., & Akdere, M. (2020, June), Advancing High School STEM Education: Implications for Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34097

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