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Engineering New Curricula For Technology Education

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

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10.553.1 - 10.553.10



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Jacklyn Wheeler

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Carolyn Parker

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Julia Ross

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Taryn Bayles

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Engineering New Curricula for Technology Education

Jacklyn Wheeler, Julia M. Ross, Taryn M. Bayles Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering University of Maryland Baltimore County

Carolyn Parker George Washington University

Bruce Jarrell and John Raczek University of Maryland School of Medicine


The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in cooperation with Technology Education teachers from area high schools and industrial consultants, are addressing the need to increase the awareness of and interest in career opportunities in engineering and technology by developing modular Technology Education curricula that use authentic real-world engineering applications and hands-on experiences to build students’ problem-solving skills and technological literacy. The project is aligned with the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) Standards for Technological Literacy as well as the National Science Standards.

Specifically, we are developing five case studies to be presented in both web-based and CD format that use real-world examples and practicing engineers to introduce students to engineering design, analysis and decision-making processes. Inquiry-based learning with hands- on experiences will be used to maximize student interest and understanding. Data will be collected to evaluate how interactive, authentic, problem-solving simulations impact and facilitate student learning. In-service training with the curriculum for Technology Education teachers will be provided prior to classroom use. In addition, a specific objective of the project is to increase the involvement of women and other underrepresented groups in engineering and technology by providing female and minority role models in the classroom and developing case studies that encourage interest and participation by all groups. Therefore, interest in and awareness of engineering and technology-based careers will also be assessed prior to and after exposure to the new curricula.

The first module, “Engineering and Health Care”, is near completion and to will be tested by high school technology education students in spring 2005. A case study of hemodialysis is the focus of the module, which is comprised of a number of parts. First, students are introduced to a dialysis patient and his doctor (via a professionally produced video segment), who explain his disease and experience with the procedure. The students then go through a series of hands-on activities, demonstrations, and computer simulations where they learn about the factors that

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Wheeler, J., & Parker, C., & Ross, J., & Bayles, T. (2005, June), Engineering New Curricula For Technology Education Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14382

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