June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering
26.1304.1 - 26.1304.19
Reaching Out to the Masses: Building Literacy About Engineering Amongst Non-Engineering StudentsBackground: A well-rounded education makes a good citizenry. This is a central tenet for ourexploration of engineering literacy as a general education course at Land Grant University. Forour purposes, we define engineering literacy along the lines of problem-solving and decisionmaking, with engineering knowledge as a key component in discussing and offering criticalperspectives about issues that surround social needs. We have worked to determine the state ofcurrent evidence-based instructional strategies, curricular structure, and student learningoutcomes in CLE (Curriculum for a Liberal Education) courses.Methods: This project relies on both formative and summative assessment processes to monitorachievement of the goals of the program, specifically paying attention to the improvement ofteaching and learning engineering literacy in the context of liberal education. Through SPOT(Student Perceptions of Teaching) surveys, other surveys, interviews, focus groups, and analysisof course syllabi, we have explored the ways that faculty and students value good teaching andactive learning.Results: The interviews have shown a spectrum of faculty response, demonstrating interest in anengineering literacy course, though with concerns about discrete boundaries that shieldengineering from other components of a well-rounded education.Conclusion: We argue that engineering literacy builds a healthy appreciation for the work ofengineers. This is not limited to the structures or services provided by engineering, but itincludes the benefits of engineering to society. Students in an engineering literacy course canlearn why engineering is relevant to non-engineering fields, but also how non-engineering fieldsare important for engineering. Upon conclusion of this project, we intend to design a course inengineering literacy for students outside the engineering majors to take as a part of their liberaleducation.
Grunert, J., & Doolittle, P., & Adams, S. G. (2015, June), Reaching Out to the Masses: Building Literacy About Engineering Amongst Non-engineering Students Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24641
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