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Epistemological Approach Of Information Concepts Within Different Disciplines

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Collaborative & New Efforts in Engineering Education

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9.571.1 - 9.571.10



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Carmen Boje

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Nicolae Dragulanescu

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Session 2660


Carmen Cleofila Boje

Assistant Professor, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis Computer and Information Technology (e-mail :,

Nicolae-George Dragulanescu, Ph. D

Professor, University Polytechnics Bucharest Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications Department of Applied Electronics and Information Engineering (e-mail:


Today, information - rather than labor or capital - is becoming the key factor in production. Thus, the actual so-called “Post-Industrial Society” is the Information Society, whose fundamentals are Information Science and Information Technology. In this paper, an attempt is made to outline the epistemological1 approach of information concept within different disciplines as well as the need of a general higher education in Information Science. Problem solving, decision-making and paperwork reducing are some of most frequent information processes currently involving engineers and managers in multi-disciplinary teams, within a company. Even if electrical, electronics and computer engineers are already involved in some information transmission theories, models and methods, all engineers have to know how it is possible today to generate, process, communicate, store and use information in the most advantageous way.

1. Introduction

“Information concept - as it was employed within different disciplines, during many years - had a heteroclite2, ambiguous and polyvalent3 character, despite its considerable heuristic4 value”5. Over the years, each category of information professionals succeeded to

1 Epistemological: related to the epistemology, i.e. to the study or the theory of the origin, nature, methods, and limits of knowledge 2 Heteroclyte: being out-of-the-way, departing from or opposed to the usual/ established rules 3 Polyvalent: having more than one valence or value 4 Heuristic: having usefulness for scientific discovery

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Boje, C., & Dragulanescu, N. (2004, June), Epistemological Approach Of Information Concepts Within Different Disciplines Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13597

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