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The Teaching and Evaluation of Technology and Engineering Concepts to Dominican Junior High and High School Students

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Conference

2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Accreditation, Program Evaluation, and Education Resource's Impact in Latin America

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International

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

23.1238.1 - 23.1238.12

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https://peer.asee.org/22623

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21

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Geoff Wright Brigham Young University

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

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Ron Terry Brigham Young University

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Ron is a Professor of Technology and Engineering Education at Brigham Young University. His scholarship centers on pedagogy, student learning, and engineering ethics and has presented/published numerous articles in engineering education.

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Steven L Shumway Bringham Young University

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Richard G. Helps Brigham Young University

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Abstract

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. https://peer.asee.org/22623

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