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ERIC Number: ED538908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov-27
Pages: 64
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 39
Engineering Student Outcomes for Grades 9-12. Research in Engineering and Technology Education
Childress, Vincent; Rhodes, Craig
National Center for Engineering and Technology Education
This research study was conducted during the 2005-2006 academic year. Its purpose is to help the National Center for Engineering and Technology Education determine those engineering outcomes that should be studied in high school when the high school student intends to pursue engineering in college. The results of the study will also be used to determine those engineering student outcomes that all technology education high school students should learn in order to aid them in becoming more technologically literate. A modified Delphi approach was used for the study. The participants were a panel of experts consisting of engineers, engineering educators, or those expertly familiar with engineering education such as a government expert or learned society employee. The modified Delphi study ran for six rounds of inquiry during which the panel of experts reached consensus on the identity and importance of 43 engineering student outcomes for use in pre-engineering high school student learning. The panel of experts also reached consensus on the relative importance of three of seven groupings of engineer student outcomes for high school. In the first three rounds of the study, the instrument asked participants to rate outcome items on a five point Likert scale. After a jury had grouped outcome items into groups of alikeness, the panel of experts was asked to rank in the relative importance of the groups. The interquartile range (IQR) was used as the statistic for variability of rating and ranking responses, and an IQR of 1 was determined by the researchers to indicate consensus on an item. A standards bibliography is included. (Contains 10 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
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 9; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Center for Engineering and Technology Education (NCETE)