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Technological and Engineering Literacy Classes from different perspectives: A pilot study

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Dimensions of Engineering Literacy and Engineering in General Education

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Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering

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Mani Mina Iowa State University

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Mani Mina is with the department of Industrial Design and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. He has been working on better understanding of students' learning and aspects of technological and engineering philosophy and literacy. In particular how such literacy and competency are reflected in curricular and student activities. His interests also include Design and Engineering, the human side of engineering, new ways of teaching engineering in particular Electromagnetism and other classes that are mathematically driven. His research and activities also include on avenues to connect Product Design and Engineering Education in a synergetic way.

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This paper is a report of the early results for a study of perspectives, views and understanding of the meaning, aims and objectives of technological and engineering literacy. The data is collected from faculty and students of engineering and industrial design. The authors have been delivering technological and engineering literacy classes for more than a decade to non-engineering students in our university, thus necessitating the need to study the perceptions of two stakeholders in this experiment: The college of engineering that delivers the classes, and the department of industrial design that included the classes in their program.

The paper reports and discussed the results of initial studies for better understandings of perspectives, and expectations of engineering and industrial design students, and faculty regarding technological and engineering literacy classes and ideas. The pilot results from freshman engineering students, second year industrial design students, and faculty of engineering and industrial design are presented.

The paper introduces the purpose of the study, the questions that were asked, some interview results with selected members of engineering and design students and faculty. In addition the paper presents the trends and significances of results and how they can relate to the effectiveness of the notions of technological and engineering literacy in the education communities that these ideas meant to affect.

Mina, M. (2017, June), Technological and Engineering Literacy Classes from different perspectives: A pilot study Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28934

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