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ERIC Number: ED538904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 139
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 97
Essential Aspects and Related Academic Concepts of an Engineering Design Curriculum in Secondary Technology Education. Research in Engineering and Technology Education
Smith, Phillip Cameron, Jr.
National Center for Engineering and Technology Education
Technology education is a field of study which seeks to promote technological literacy for all students. Some recent research in the field has focused on integrating content and methodology from engineering design into technology education classes, particularly at the secondary level. This study contributes to the research base in technology education on the subject of incorporating the engineering design process into the technology education curriculum. It addressed the need for the development of a framework for understanding engineering design and the related academic concepts that can be used by professionals in the field of technology education seeking to incorporate the engineering design process into the technology education curriculum. The purpose of this study was to address the question "What are the essential aspects and related academic concepts of an engineering design process in secondary technology education curriculum for the purpose of establishing technological literacy?" A four-round Delphi process was the research methodology employed in this study to give multiple opportunities for the group opinion to coalesce. The resulting data from the Delphi process was analyzed and categorized. Only those items that met strictest criteria for high median score, low interquartile range, and consensus were accepted as very important and considered in the conclusions and recommendations. Participants in this study identified forty-eight items that met these strict requirements. The conclusions made from this study were related to the integration of engineering design into secondary technology education classes. The recommendations fell into three categories: future research, instructional delivery methods, and teacher preparation. Appended are: (1) Letter to Dr. Clive Dym; (2) Initial Contact Email; (3) Round 1 Survey; (4) Round 1 Results--by Participant; (5) Round 2 Survey; (6) Round 3 Survey; (7) Round 3 Survey Instrument; (8) Round 4 Email; and (9) Round 4 Survey Instrument. (Contains 1 figure and 20 tables.)
National Center for Engineering and Technology Education. c/o Department of Engineering Education Utah State University, 4160 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322. Tel: 435-797-0213; Fax: 435-797-2567; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Center for Engineering and Technology Education (NCETE)