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Cross-Cultural Training and Engineering: An Illustration Using Vietnamese Engineering Faculties’ Responses to Nature of Engineering Instrument (Work in Progress)

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Student Division Technical Session 1

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Student

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Diversity

Page Count

11

DOI

10.18260/1-2--32571

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https://peer.asee.org/32571

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Amanda Vazquez University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Amanda Vazquez is a fourth-year mechanical engineering undergraduate student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is working as a research mentee under the R.A.M.P. (Research and Mentorship Program) at UNLV. This research is focused on Nature of Engineering View's of Professional Engineers. Prior to the R.A.M.P. program she worked on NSF EPSCoR STEM K-12 outreach programs, including: a STEM career program (SISTEM), portable lab equipment, and Summer teacher training programs.

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Erica J. Marti University of Nevada, Las Vegas Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-1773-4599

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Erica Marti completed her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She holds a Master of Science in Engineering and Master of Education from UNLV and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to graduate studies, Erica joined Teach for America and taught high school chemistry in Las Vegas. While her primary research involves water and wastewater, she has strong interests in engineering education research, teacher professional development, and secondary STEM education.

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Erdogan Kaya University of Nevada, Las Vegas Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-3211-3259

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Kaya is a PhD candidate in science education at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is working as a research assistant and teaching science methods courses. Prior to beginning the PhD program, he received his MS degree in computer science and engineering and holds a BS degree in chemical engineering. He taught K-12 STEM+CS for seven years. Additionally, he coached robotics teams and was awarded several grants that promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Computer Science(CS) education. He is also interested in improving STEM+CS education for minorities. He has been volunteering in many education outreach programs including Science Fair and Robotics programs such as First Robotics competitions. Areas of research interest include engineering education, STEM+CS, and robotics in K-12 education. Kaya advocates his view that research, teaching and learning are best practiced as a unified enterprise that benefits students and society. He has received numerous teaching awards as well as grants for his research from several foundations. Kaya is an active member of AERA, ASEE, ASTE, NARST, NSTA, SITE, SIGCSE, and CSTA, has presented at over 20 conferences, published in ranked journals (e.g. Journal of College Science Teaching), reviewed conference proposals (e.g ASEE) and manuscripts(e.g. NSTA Science Scope).

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Hasan Deniz University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Hasan Deniz is an Associate Professor of Science Education at University of Nevada Las Vegas. He teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level courses in science education program at University of Nevada Las Vegas. His research agenda includes epistemological beliefs in science and evolution education. He is recently engaged in professional development activities supported by several grants targeting to increase elementary teachers’ knowledge and skills to integrate science, language arts, and engineering education within the context of Next Generation Science Standards.

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Abstract

Engineering faculty have advanced experiences with engineering that non-engineers do not have, but what Nature of Engineering (NOE) concepts do engineering researchers hold? For K-12 engineering education, having an informed NOE understanding is an essential part of engineering literacy. Yet for the higher education engineering community, NOE is hardly ever discussed. Understanding engineering faculties’ NOE views can be a valuable contribution to current NOE research. Our project is part of a collaboration between a southwestern US higher education institute and a Vietnamese University. The cohort of Vietnamese engineering faculty is participating in training for research in environmental engineering for three months in the US. Vietnamese faculty is expected to improve their research skills at the end of the comprehensive professional development under the training of US environmental engineering researchers. Over the three months, Vietnamese faculty will search literature, learn lab skills and conduct a self-driven, lab-based research project in an environmental engineering lab. The purpose of our research is two-fold: Firstly, we will investigate what Vietnamese environmental engineering faculty say in response to the NOE instrument; secondly, the purpose of our study is to explicate the impact of a collaboration between a US university and a Vietnamese university. More specifically, our research study will identify NOE views of Vietnamese engineering faculty prior to and after training. While Nature of Engineering (NOE) views are increasingly growing stateside, it is equally important to look at the views of NOE globally. Following the Vietnamese faculty research experience with hands-on laboratory projects under US engineering research mentors, we will examine how Vietnamese engineers’ NOE views have changed through interviews and open-ended written assessments. Although there are some attempts in assessing teachers’ and students’ NOE views, according to the authors’ knowledge, there is no prior research which assessed NOE views of international engineering faculty in a higher education setting. In this work-in-progress research, we report the framework and anticipated outcomes of a pilot study on NOE understanding of Vietnamese faculty.

Vazquez, A., & Marti, E. J., & Kaya, E., & Deniz, H. (2019, June), Cross-Cultural Training and Engineering: An Illustration Using Vietnamese Engineering Faculties’ Responses to Nature of Engineering Instrument (Work in Progress) Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32571

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