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From Technological Literacy to the Philosophy of Technology and Technological Citizenship: A Progress Report

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

The Philosophy of Engineering and Technological Literacy

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Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering

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Kathryn A. Neeley University of Virginia

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Kathryn Neeley is Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society in the Engineering & Society Department of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. She is a past chair of the Liberal Education/Engineering & Society Division of ASEE and is particularly interested in the role of liberal education in developing engineering leaders.

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The conversation on technological literacy has been in progress for over thirty years and been active in the ASEE for nearly twenty. Although technological literacy has not yet found a home in any curricula on a large scale, the theoretical framework that explains its importance has developed considerably. Perhaps the most auspicious development in this regard is the addition to philosophy of engineering to the intellectual and research agenda of technological literacy. This addition reflects an often neglected but integral aspect of technological literacy: the inclusion of generalizable principles (as opposed to specific factual knowledge). Although this development has been a relatively long time in coming, it reflects a more sophisticated and flexible approach to thinking about what education about engineering and technology entails for people who are not engineering majors. This paper will analyze the contribution of this broader approach (philosophy of engineering) and explore its relationship with the field of Science, Technology, and Society.

Neeley, K. A. (2017, June), From Technological Literacy to the Philosophy of Technology and Technological Citizenship: A Progress Report Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28393

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