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Assessing Technological Literacy of Middle School Students

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Innovations in Promoting Technological Literacy I

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Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering

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25.216.1 - 25.216.9



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Lawrence E. Whitman Wichita State University

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Lawrence E. Whitman is the Director of Engineering Education for the College of Engineering and an Associate Professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at Wichita State University. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oklahoma State University. His Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Arlington, is in industrial engineering. He also has 10 years experience in the aerospace industry. His research interests are in enterprise engineering, engineering education, and lean manufacturing.

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Mandy C. Phelps Wichita State University

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Mandy C. Phelps is a Ph.D. candidate in human factors psychology at Wichita State University and a member of the Software Usability Research Lab. She received her B.A. in psychology in 2005 from the University of Louisiana, Monroe, and her M.A. in experimental psychology (human factors) in 2010 from Wichita State University. Her research interests include research methodology, software/website usability evaluation methods, interface design, and usability metrics.

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Karen V. Reynolds Wichita State University

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College of Engineering

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Barbara S. Chaparro Ph.D.

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Department of Psychology

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Students involved in PLTW had a greater interest in technology (i.e., “I wouldenjoy a job in technology”) at pre-test and post-test. PLTW students perceivedtechnology to be more difficult to understand and use (i.e., “Technology is onlyfor smart people”) at pre-test but not at post-test. This is attributed to the controlgroup rating the difficulty of understanding and using technology greater at post-!test decreasing the discrepancy between the two groups.

Whitman, L. E., & Phelps, M. C., & Reynolds, K. V., & Chaparro, B. S. (2012, June), Assessing Technological Literacy of Middle School Students Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20976

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