St. Louis, Missouri
June 18, 2000
June 18, 2000
June 21, 2000
5.186.1 - 5.186.9
Curriculum Integration Using Case Study Approach for the Enhancement of Technology and Engineering Education
William L. Call, Saleh M. Sbenaty Murray State University (Kentucky)/Middle Tennessee State University
Integrating physics, mathematics, and communication skills in engineering and technology education is one objective of the three-year NSF-funded grant 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, industry partners, university partners, and high school tech-prep teachers. The current paper describes an innovative approach to curriculum development and delivery that improve engineering and technology education and revive student interests in pursuing these programs. A description of how curriculum integration using the case study approach can be used as a promising method for the enhancement of technology education is also discussed. Finally, a sample case is given and examined. The authors are members of two of the SEATEC teams, and teach in 4-year electrical engineering technology programs.
Integrating physics, mathematics, and communication skills in engineering and technology education is very essential in today’s technologically driven world. Technologists and engineers face increasingly complex applications that require an interdisciplinary team approach. In the face of this fact, companies currently encounter the new challenge of staying technologically current or risk falling behind the competition! The implementation of a new technology, however, is often slowed down by the unavailability of experienced workers. In order to address the increasing demand for a skilled workforce, a process is needed for the development and dissemination of a technology-based education curriculum that is both readily accessible and responsive to innovation and industry needs. As a result, a coalition of five two-year technical colleges in Tennessee with representatives from four-year universities, secondary schools, business and industry, and government institutions in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama was formed. A grant proposal titled “The South-East Advanced Technological Education Consortium, SEATEC” was submitted to NSF for funding. The grant was funded for three years (about $1.8 million) with the following goals:
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.
Call, W. L., & Sbenaty, S. M. (2000, June), Curriculum Integration Using Case Study Approach For The Enhancement Of Technology And Engineering Education Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. https://peer.asee.org/8256
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