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Evolution Of A Journal

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.287.1 - 5.287.7



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Carole E. Goodson

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Susan Miertschin

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Session 2247 Evolution of a Journal

Carole E. Goodson, Susan L. Miertschin College of Technology, University of Houston

Since the inaugural issue of the Journal of Engineering Technology in 1984, the publication has continued to evolve, reflecting the culture of the various Engineering Technology (ET) disciplines. The Journal (JET) was conceived at the 1981 Engineering Technology Leadership Institute (ETLI) at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ by a focus group that consisted of Larry Wolf, Durward Huffman, Mike O’Hair, Ron Scott and Ken Merkel. Participants of ETLI formally approved a group to establish plans for publication. The founding group became the editorial board, and the first issue was published 29 months following the initial meeting. 4

Our past editors established the direction of the JET, with the following statements.

1. The purpose of JET is to contribute the national advancement of the field of ET. The intent is to develop a publication devoted entirely to ET. 3 2. The Journal provides a means to promulgate innovative instructional techniques and materials as well as applied technological developments. 4 3. The objectives of the JET are to: • nurture ET as a distinct body of knowledge, • foster inquiry in ET, and • disseminate the results of such inquiry.2 4. The intent is to provide a quality publication - and it has continued in that vein due to the strong support from ETD and schools of technology across the nation. 2


In an attempt to view the evolutionary process that has ensued since the founding of JET, issues of the Journal over the past 15 years were analyzed to answer a variety of questions. Some of the issues that are being addressed in this paper include the following:

• What is the nature of articles that are published in JET? What disciplines are reflected in the issues? • Who are the authors? What are their characteristics? • What schools are represented in the publication; have they changed within the time frame?

The intent of this study is to track the progress and to provide a status report. The goal is to provide an opportunity to look at the data to discern if we are keeping our focus and staying on track.

Goodson, C. E., & Miertschin, S. (2000, June), Evolution Of A Journal Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8367

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