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"Should We Consider Transforming the Definition of Technological and Engineering Literacy…”

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Exploration of Broad Issues and Promotion of Engineering and Technological Literacy

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Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering

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Carl O. Hilgarth

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Carl O. Hilgarth, M.S., is immediate past division chair of the ASEE Technological and Engineering Literacy / Philosophy of Engineering Division of ASEE. He is Professor Emeritus and former chair of engineering technologies at Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Mr. Hilgarth has a 30-year career in academia instructing courses in industrial management, financial management, computer technology, and environmental technology, as well as leading seminars in the university's general education program. Prior to academia, Mr. Hilgarth was employed as as engineer in the aerospace industry in laboratory and flight test development, facilities management, and as a manager in quality assurance. He has contributed papers on management, ground-test laboratory and flight test facilities, and ethics to several technical and professional organizations. In education, he has served as a consultant and curriculum developer to the Ohio Board of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Education. He holds an M.S. in engineering management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a B.S. from the City College of New York.

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During the 2019 ASEE Annual Meeting and Exposition, several session papers, panels, and special presentations put forward that there are other components to technological and engineering literacy / philosophy of engineering. These suggest a broader understanding (and perhaps definition) of this literacy and philosophy than previously thought; that perhaps historical industrial, cultural, educational, and political perspectives have constrained our thinking, perspective, and philosophy. Thus, should we consider transforming the definition of technological literacy and engineering to place value and importance on ethno-technologies and cultures, scaffolding, social justice, language and dialects, design, and the internet of things; will this foster a more inclusive approach to understanding technological and engineering literacy / philosophy of engineering such that the importance of these can be extended beyond traditional (academic) audiences?

Hilgarth, C. O. (2020, June), "Should We Consider Transforming the Definition of Technological and Engineering Literacy…” Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--33964

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