Expanding Technological Literacy Through Engineering Minor

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Krupczak, John
Young, James
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American Society for Engineering Education
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(Due to the nature of this study, the names of the schools, etc. are not hidden from the reviewer, we apologize however, without the names the essence of this project could not be correctly captured.) This paper describes our effort to design, implement, and expand a valid platform for providing a technological literacy program that is adaptable for a wide range of engineering educational institutions. In order to achieve this we have established a synergetic collaboration between Iowa State University, Ohio State University, Hope College, and Rice University. Each school has initiated programs or classes in technological literacy and with this project we will be working to expand on the efforts and unify our activities and establishing working models for technological literacy in a form of engineering minor programs offered by engineering units. The minors are not intended to instill detailed engineering design-level abilities in non-engineers. Instead, the minor aims to develop the broad understanding and practical technological competence outlined by the National Academy of Engineering in reports such as Technically Speaking1. Thus decoupled from the engineering majors, the Minor in Engineering Studies at Iowa State for example has attracted students majoring in business, communications, journalism, and design. Minors can provide a recognized credential deemed attractive by many students. This paper will be introducing our goals and early effort in this research effort. The goal will be to develop the concepts and resources to support and define an appropriate minor structure that can be adopted efficiently and widely within American higher education.
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: Mina, M., & Gustafson, R. J., & Krupczak, J., & Young, J. (2010, June), "Expanding Technological Literacy Through Engineering Minor." Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16343. Copyright 2010 American Society for Engineering Education. Posted with permission.