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International Experience of Engineering Technology Students Learning About Renewable Energy

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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ET Peripherals

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Engineering Technology

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Anne M. Lucietto Purdue Polytechnic Institute Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Lucietto has focused her research in engineering technology education and the understanding of engineering technology students. She teaches in an active learning style which engages and develops practical skills in the students. Currently she is exploring the performance and attributes of engineering technology students and using that knowledge to engage them in their studies which includes renewable energy..

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Cultural exposure is said to be an enhancement to collegial learning. With this in mind, students in an engineering technology program were given the opportunity to go to Germany to a regional university, experience education in that setting, and visit sites dedicated to renewable energy. The students were given a two-week experience that taught them through both formal and informal means. Ultimately, students experienced curiosity, openness to different cultural norms, and are were able to identify components of other cultural perspectives responding with their own worldviews.

The researchers utilized the Miville-Guzman Universality-Diversity Scale (M-GUDS-S) to assess pre and post activity thoughts regarding culture, thoughts, and beliefs. The data gathered from the student population was evaluated using descriptive statistics as well as content analysis. The instrument provides an indication of how the student perception changes for both individuals and the aggregate population experiencing the material provided during the trip.

Overall the engineering technology students learned more about other ways of life and were encouraged by their peers to become more open-minded. Their observations proved that the approach to renewable energy in Germany and Europe as a whole is very different from the United States or other countries, such as India. The program leaders observed that students gained a great deal, in particular, learning to accept the differences from their own beliefs and values found in people of different cultures, races, and habits.

Lucietto, A. M. (2018, June), International Experience of Engineering Technology Students Learning About Renewable Energy Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30705

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