June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering
22.524.1 - 22.524.11
Educational Objectives and Outcomes for Technological Literacy Programs at College Level This paper presents results of work towards constructing a model set of educationalobjectives and outcomes for minors, courses or similar programs which can be used byengineering units to develop programs for technological literacy of non-engineers at thecollegiate level. Four institutions with varying approaches in this area collaborated for this workas part of a larger NSF supported project. Working definitions for Educational Objectives,Outcomes, Assessment and Evaluation are established to support the work. Available objectivesand outcomes from the literature, which would be pertinent to this audience, were used asprimary sources. The project team prioritized statements from these sources for how they wouldapply to the intended audience of non-engineering, college-level students in the context ofofferings from an engineering unit’s perspective, strengths and resources. By multiple iterations, highest priority items were combined as appropriate andcategorized as Educational Objectives and related Outcomes resulting in a set of fourEducational Objectives and seventeen Outcomes. The four Educational Objectives include: 1)knowledge of the technological nature of the physical and natural world, 2) ability tomeaningfully engage with big questions of a technological nature, both contemporary andenduring, 3) characteristics of personal and social responsibility, and 4) capability to synthesizeand advance accomplishments across general and specialized domains. Three to six Outcomeswere related to each of the Educational Objectives. The Educational Objectives and Outcomeswere shared with members of the Technological Literacy Division of ASEE for comment.Comments were considered in refinement of the statements. The paper presents a foundationalset of Educational Objectives and Outcomes that can be used for multiple pedagogicalapproaches to technological literacy for non-engineering collegiate level students.
Gustafson, R. J., & Krupczak, J., & Young, J. F., & Mina, M. (2011, June), Educational Objectives and Outcomes for Technological Literacy Programs at College Level Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17805
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