Asee peer logo

Figuring "It" Out: Informational Literacy for Problem Scoping in Engineering Design (Theory)

Download Paper |

Conference

2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

Location

Virtual Conference

Publication Date

July 26, 2021

Start Date

July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

First-Year Programs: Design in the First Year

Tagged Division

First-Year Programs

Page Count

9

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/37192

Download Count

59

Request a correction

Paper Authors

biography

Brianna L. Dorie Gonzaga University

visit author page

Brianna L. Dorie is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Gonzaga University responsible for the implementation of the first year engineering program. Her research centers around the formation of engineering thinking and broadening participation in engineering.

visit author page

Download Paper |

Abstract

We live in a digital age, where we have access to a plethora of information at our literal fingertips. The relative speed of getting an answer has fundamentally changed the way that individuals locate and process information. The intersection of engineering and library science has delved into the field of informational literacy, which investigates the skills necessary to locate, evaluate and effectively use the needed information. This information gathering stage is important in the problem scoping stage for “wicked” open-ended engineering design problems. Studies have shown that differences exist in how high schoolers, first-year students, senior students, experienced engineers and even preschoolers approach problem scoping and information gathering. This paper will outline the key research at each of the stages (preschool to engineering expert) to determine what key differences and/or similarities exist such as the source of information gathering, relation to context, and the ability of the individual to discern the necessary information. Observations from a unit on informational literacy for problem scoping in a first-year engineering program will be presented.

Dorie, B. L. (2021, July), Figuring "It" Out: Informational Literacy for Problem Scoping in Engineering Design (Theory) Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37192

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2021 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015