June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
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The Teaching and Evaluation of Technology and Engineering Concepts to Dominican Junior High and High School StudentsA University in the Western United States has collaboratively worked with the Complex Systems Optimization Lab (COSOLA) to develop technology and engineering curriculum for Junior and High school aged students in developing countries. The curriculum has been developed over a two-‐year period and was recently implemented for the second time in the Dominican Republic. Eleven technology and engineering education (TEE) students from the United States taught the curriculum to four different grade levels (students were grouped into four courses based on their age: 11 – 12 year olds, 13 – 14 year olds, 15 – 16 year olds, and 17 – 18 year olds) during a summer internship program in the Dominican Republic sponsored by various donors, the COSOLA program, and their respective university. This paper outlines the understanding and attitudes the Dominican students had towards technology and engineering concepts before and after participating in the courses taught by the TEE students. A pre and post technology and engineering inventory survey was developed and administered to the Dominican students at the beginning and end of the semester. The data shows the students had a significant interest in technology and engineering before the course, despite having little understanding of what technology and engineering actual is. The data also shows that the students had a significant increase in their understanding of technology and engineering concepts and definitions, and expressed interest in pursuing careers related to technology and engineering. The paper will: 1.) Outline and discuss the pre and post findings from the technology and engineering inventory; 2.) Discuss the cultural implications of teaching technology and engineering in a third world country like the Dominican Republic; 3.) Outline what was done and learned by the eleven students and four supporting faculty members while participating in the development and implementation of this course; and 3.) Make suggestions for implementing a similar effort.
Wright, G., & Terry, R., & Shumway, S. L., & Helps, R. G. (2013, June), The Teaching and Evaluation of Technology and Engineering Concepts to Dominican Junior High and High School Students Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22623
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