ERIC Number: ED284750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Engineering and Technology: The Public's Perspective--Part 2: A Qualitative Analysis for the National Academy of Engineering.
Doble, John; Komarnicki, Mary
This report for the National Academy of Engineering's Office of Public Awareness represents the second phase of an examination of public opinion about engineering and technology. This document presents an analysis of six qualitative, focused group discussions or focus groups. Five of these groups were college educated Americans and one was comprised of selected legislative assistants and committee staff from both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. The research analyzed in this report looked at several areas. These included: (1) views about engineers and the engineering profession, including what the respondents think engineers do; (2) views about the personality and character of those in the engineering profession; (3) the perceived differences between engineers and scientists; (4) views about the impact of technology on the respondents' lives; (5) views about technology's negative effects, including risks and job loss; and (6) issues relating to technology and decision making in the Congress. The document examines 22 hypotheses related to the above areas, and presents an analysis of each. (TW)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Decision Making, Engineering, Focus Groups, Job Layoff, Legislators, Professional Autonomy, Professional Occupations, Public Officials, Public Opinion, Science and Society, Scientists, Social Attitudes, Technological Advancement, Technology
Executive Office, National Academy of Engineering, 2101 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20418 (no charge).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Public Agenda Foundation, New York, NY.
Note: For part 1 of an examination of public opinion of engineering and technology, see SE 048 294.