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The Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Teaching Engineering Curriculum to Dominican Republic Junior High and High School Students

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Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

International Division Technical Session 7

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International

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

14

Page Numbers

26.1517.1 - 26.1517.14

DOI

10.18260/p.24855

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https://peer.asee.org/24855

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167

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Geoff Wright Brigham Young University

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Dr. Geoffrey A. Wright is an Associate Professor of Technology and Engineering Education in the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University.

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Steven L Shumway Brigham Young University

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Dr. Shumway is an Associate Professor in the Technology and Engineering Education Program at BYU

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Abstract

The  Development,  Implementation,  and  Evaluation  of  Teaching   Engineering  Curriculum  to  Dominican  Republic  Junior  High  and  High   School  Students    Abstract:  Over  the  past  several  years,  a  university  in  the  Western  United  States  has  worked  in  collaboration  with  a  non-­‐profit  organization  (XXXXX)  in  the  Dominican  Republic  to  develop,  implement,  and  evaluate  engineering  and  technology  curriculum  for  Dominican  junior  high  and  high  school  students.  Two  core  objectives  of  the  non-­‐profit  organization  are  (1)  to  develop  solutions  to  optimally  increase  access  to  challenging  and  stimulating  learning  environments  and  quality  educational  resources,  and  (2)  to  nurture  talented  young  people  from  less  privileged  backgrounds  to  rise  to  the  highest  educational  standards;  pursue  studies  and  careers  in  mathematics,  science,  technology,  and  engineering  fields;  and  make  a  difference  in  the  world  -­‐  creating  opportunities  to  further  advance  science  and  technology  in  their  countries  and  communities  and  to  promote  sustainable  development.  Three  main  goals  for  the  curricula  are:  (1)  to  immerse  learners  in  challenging  and  stimulating  classroom  where  reliance  in  memorization,  as  normally  done  in  the  Dominican  classrooms,  is  strongly  discouraged  and  the  focus  is  instead  in  critical  thinking,  creativity,  discovering  engineering  and  technology,  and  building  collaborative  (or  leadership)  skills.    (2)  Motivate  the  learners'  curiosity  and  instill  in  the  young  minds  interest  for  learning.    The  Dominican  classrooms  consistently  discourage  curiosity,  creativity,  and  inquiry.  (3)  Improve  understanding  of  nature  of  science,  engineering,  and  technology  to  widen  the  horizons  and  to  contribute  to  develop  better  educated  citizens.  The  data  presented  in  this  paper  is  based  on  a  three-­‐year  implementation  of  the  curriculum.  The  data  results  from  a  pre  post  survey  instrument  evaluating  student  understanding  and  interest  in  engineering  content,  concepts,  self-­‐efficacy,  and  future  educational  and  career  opportunities,  as  well  as  satisfaction  of  the  program.  Additional  data  regarding  the  tracking  of  those  Dominican  students  that  have  graduated  from  the  program  will  also  be  shared  to  highlight  the  potential  benefits  of  building  a  similar  program.  Although  this  data  is  specific  to  the  Dominican  Republic,  the  findings  can  inform  similar  efforts  in  other  third  world  counties,  and  can  also  be  used  for  engineering  education  curriculum  development  in  first  world  countries.    

Wright, G., & Shumway, S. L. (2015, June), The Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Teaching Engineering Curriculum to Dominican Republic Junior High and High School Students Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24855

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