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Trends And Issues For Engineering/Technical Graphics Education: A Follow Up Survey

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Assessment of Graphics Programs

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10.1359.1 - 10.1359.13



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Julie Petlick

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Alice Scales

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Aaron Clark

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Trends and Issues for Engineering/Technical Graphics Education: A Follow-up Survey

Aaron C. Clark, Alice Y. Scales and Julie H. Petlick

Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7801

ABSTRACT – During the 1998-1999 academic year, a survey was conducted to look at current trends and issues in the profession of graphics education (Clark & Scales, 1999). The survey solicited information from the membership of the Engineering Design Graphics Division of American Society for Engineering Education related to the field. This survey examined their view of future growth areas, existing problems, and the direction the profession of engineering graphics education is headed in the future. This survey, conducted in the spring of 2004, is a five-year follow-up using the same instrument, but with the addition of new categories to examine current trends in post-secondary education. New areas added to the survey related to certifications, distance education, salaries, and research interests.

This paper will provide a cross comparison between the 1998 survey and 2004 survey as well as findings obtained from the analysis of the new categories. It will also discuss the influence these areas are having on graphics education through the United States. Major conclusions will relate to software, pedagogical methods, professional development concerns, and current research being conducted. Post-hoc analysis will be provided to show how trends and issues have changed, or remained the same, over the last five years in graphics education.

I. Introduction Over the last few years, engineering graphics educators at the post-secondary level have faced many challenges related to the content taught and the technology used (Barr & Juricic, 1992, Leach & Matthews, 1992, Teske, 1992). To examine these issues, future trends in the profession as well as how members of the profession are handling challenges, surveys of the profession were conducted first in the 1998 and repeated in 2004. This paper provides the results from the survey conducted in 2004 and a comparison of the results from this survey to the survey conducted in 1998 (Clark & Scales, 1999). The survey conducted in the spring of 2004 was sent to the membership in the Engineering Design Graphics Division (EDGD) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). It was the belief of the researchers of this study, as with the previous study, that the members in this division are active in the profession of graphics education and could provide needed information about the status of graphics education in the United States. Only members of the EDGD that residing in the United States of America (USA) were sent survey instruments.

Petlick, J., & Scales, A., & Clark, A. (2005, June), Trends And Issues For Engineering/Technical Graphics Education: A Follow Up Survey Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14578

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