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ERIC Number: EJ1049175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
Teaching Engineering Habits of Mind in Technology Education
Loveland, Thomas; Dunn, Derrek
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v73 n8 p13-19 May-Jun 2014
With a new emphasis on the inclusion of engineering content and practices in technology education, attention has focused on what engineering content should be taught and assessed in technology education. The National Academy of Engineering (2010) proposed three general principles for K-12 engineering education in "Standards for K-12 Engineering Education"?: (1) Emphasize engineering design; (2) Incorporate important and developmentally appropriate mathematics, science, and technology knowledge and skills; and (3) Promote engineering habits of mind. Principle 3, engineering habits of mind, was proposed as an essential skill to separate how engineers think and act from ways that academic content teachers think and act. Based on this construct, this article examines what engineering habits of mind are, explores linkages to national standards, and proposes how these habits of mind can be taught in technology education classrooms at the secondary and preservice teacher education levels.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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