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Developing and Assessing STEM Curriculum with the Intent of Promoting Technological Literacy

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Objectives, Assessment, and Methods for Teaching Technological Literacy

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Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering

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22.455.1 - 22.455.9



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Scott Bartholomew

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Geoff Wright Brigham Young University


Ron Terry Brigham Young University

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Ron is a Professor of Technology and Engineering Education at Brigham Young University. His scholarship centers on pedagogy, student learning, and engineering ethics and has presented/published numerous articles in engineering education.

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Developing and Assessing STEM Curriculum with the Intent of Promoting Technological LiteracyTechnological literacy is a key component of President Barack Obama’s $260 MillionSTEM educational initiative (Office of the Press Secretary, 2009). Central to his plan isSTEM teacher training and curriculum development. Both of these issues wereaddressed and are currently being measured by the research outlined in this paper. Spring2010 a collection of technology and engineering education graduate students developedwith mentoring from two technology and engineering education professors 20 lesson unitand lesson plans promoting technological literacy. The lesson plans are currently beingused and assessed by various junior high school teachers. The development of the unitand lesson plans, the actual unit and lesson plans, and the outcome from the assessmentswill be discussed in this paper. Finally, the impact the curriculum design experience hadon the teacher training of the technology and engineering education graduate studentswill also be discussed; associated findings have significant insight in to how professionaldevelopment for in-service teachers might be done to help the development and inclusionof STEM education practices in the K-12 environment.

Bartholomew, S., & Wright, G., & Terry, R. (2011, June), Developing and Assessing STEM Curriculum with the Intent of Promoting Technological Literacy Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17736

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