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National Information Resources For Engineering Technology

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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TYCD 2005 Lower Division Initiatives

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10.958.1 - 10.958.6



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Elaine Craft

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Monica Pfarr

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Jack Waintraub

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National Information and Materials Resources for Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Education Monica Pfarr National Center for Manufacturing Education (NCME) Sinclair Community College University of Dayton Dayton, Ohio

Jack Waintraub New Jersey Center for Advanced Technological Education (NJCATE) Middlesex County College Edison, New Jersey

Elaine Craft South Carolina Advanced Technological Education Center (SC ATE) Florence-Darlington College Florence-Darlington, South Carolina

Abstract Two-year college educators have shown strong interest in upgrading content and pedagogy for their curricula and individual courses. This paper describes several methods of providing these educators with information and materials resources from which to obtain useful approaches and specific teaching materials. The use of these resources avoids much of the initial effort in creating revised curricula and informs the educators about novel materials available from other sources. The primary focus of this paper is on the products and services of three national resource centers for advanced technological education funded by the National Science Foundation who have developed information clearinghouses.

Need for National Resource Centers in Engineering Technology Education It is imperative for educators in engineering technology and engineering to stay current in their fields and to implement novel pedagogies that have been proven to enhance student learning. The future of our country depends heavily on the availability of highly skilled professionals, technicians, and production associates who are able to respond to rapidly changing technology, ever increasing customer expectations, and fierce global competition. Many resources exist to assist engineering technology educators in creating effective curricula, courses, and learning activities. However, it is difficult for educators to become knowledgeable about what is available, how to access it, and how to put it into action in their own programs. Many fine projects funded by the National Science Foundation and others have produced

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Craft, E., & Pfarr, M., & Waintraub, J. (2005, June), National Information Resources For Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14185

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