St. Louis, Missouri
June 18, 2000
June 18, 2000
June 21, 2000
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An Innovative Approach to Curriculum Development for Engineering Technology Programs
Saleh M. Sbenaty, Melvin J. Montgomery Middle Tennessee State University/Jackson State Community College
This paper describes a curriculum development and delivery approach that improves engineering and technology education and increase student interests in pursuing these programs. This is one of the goals of the three-year NSF-funded grant ($1.8 million) titled “The South-East Advanced Technological Education Consortium, SEATEC.” The consortium is a collaborative effort of five different teams across Tennessee. Each team includes multi-disciplinary faculties from two-year technical colleges, industry partners, university partners, and high school tech-prep teachers. The paper documents activities that have brought national attention to the project and provided opportunities for SEATEC team members to exchange ideas with others working in the area of case studies.
The technological revolution that has taken place in recent years, and is continuing today, has created a strong impetus for improvements in educational methods. This has led to alternatives to the traditional classroom lecture method. One alternative is the case study. Case studies are used extensively in the medical, law, and business fields. However, the use of case studies has been somewhat limited in engineering and technology education, particularly in two-year technical colleges. The SEATEC grant is funded by NSF is for the purpose of promoting case studies as a teaching tool in engineering and technology education. To accomplish this, the following SEATEC goals have been established:
1. To provide national leadership for the development and implementation of case-based instruction in technology and engineering education. 2. To provide opportunities for continuous and appropriate professional development of participating faculty. 3. To assess the effectiveness of the case study approach in teaching technology-related curriculum. 4. To nationally disseminate information related to SEATEC activities, materials, and results, including outcomes of the use of case studies in field-test setting.
II. The SEATEC Consortium
The SEATEC consortium is a collaborative effort of five different teams across Tennessee. Each team includes multi-disciplinary faculties from two-year technical colleges, industry partners, university partners, and high school tech-prep teachers.
Montgomery, M. J., & Sbenaty, S. M. (2000, June), An Innovative Approach To Curriculum Development For Engineering Technology Programs Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8460
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