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Engineering Education Outside the Classroom: Informal Learning Environments as Settings for Engineering Education for both the Public and Engineers

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Liberal Education/Engineering & Society Division Poster Session

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Liberal Education/Engineering & Society

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24.495.1 - 24.495.17



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Canek Moises Luna Phillips Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16

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Canek Phillips is a graduate student in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University-West Lafayette and works as a graduate assistant in Dr. Alice Pawley's Research in Feminist Engineering Lab. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. His research is focused on how people relate knowledge in engineering forums.

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Engineering Education Outside the Classroom: Investigating the Construction andContestation of Engineering Knowledge in A Public Forum from the Perspective ofGraduate Engineering StudentsIn April 2013, a group of graduate science and engineering students at a Midwestern USUniversity hosted a public forum concentrating on the topic of natural gas fracking withthe goal of providing the public with reliable information about the risks, benefits, andharms fracking provides society at-large. Panelists answered audience questions afterpresenting. Four graduate engineering students were interviewed about the constructionof the forum. In this paper, a preliminary thematic analysis of interview data is presentedwhere students explain their roles in moderating the information flow within the forum.The implications of the interpretive analysis probes the perspectives of engineers’ viewsof the public, norms of communicating engineering knowledge with the public, and theforum’s affect on professional engineering identity.

Phillips, C. M. L. (2014, June), Engineering Education Outside the Classroom: Informal Learning Environments as Settings for Engineering Education for both the Public and Engineers Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20386

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