Philosophical Perspectives on Engineering and Technology Literacy, I

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2014-01-01
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Bassett, Gregory
Blake, John
Mina, Mani
Carberry, Adam
Gravander, Jerry
Grimson, William
Krupczak, John
Mina, Mani
Riley, Donna
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The belief that engineering and technology are beneficial to all and can improve human lives has inspired the tireless endeavors of many creative individuals throughout history. Engineers and technologists have generally believed that their actions and designs need to be scientifically justified and logically dependable. In addition, due to the pragmatic nature of the field there is also an emphasis on systematic approaches and defining standard practices in engineering. Such a positivist approach is seen in all aspects of engineering and technological ventures. Consequently, such an approach exists in most engineering educators’ perspectives and belief structures regarding the contents of the curricular, student training, and the overall goal of engineering and technological education.

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