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ERIC Number: EJ1064433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 15
The Effectiveness of "Project Lead the Way" Curricula in Developing Pre-Engineering Competencies as Perceived by Indiana Teachers
Rogers, George E.
Journal of Technology Education, v18 n1 p65-77 Fall 2006
High school teachers from across the nation are realizing that their schools could provide pre-engineering programs that allow students to explore their strengths and interests in engineering and engineering technology. To address this need, school districts across the nation are implementing pre-engineering courses into their curriculum. As schools infuse these pre-engineering programs, leaders and teachers in technology education are debating the merits of pre-engineering education. They ask how this push for inclusion of pre-engineering curriculum affects students' development of identified competencies. This article introduces the "Project Lead The Way" (PLTW), a premier program in providing high schools with pre-engineering curriculum and links to college-level engineering and engineering technology programs. It addresses research questions, with a survey technique to ascertain the perceptions of Indiana's technology education teachers who currently teach PLTW courses. The State of Indiana was selected to serve as the base for this research since the PLTW curriculum is included in the State's technology education curriculum, requires PLTW teachers to hold a technology education teaching license, and has the highest per capita inclusion of PLTW in the nation.
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, High Schools, Secondary School Curriculum, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Science, Technical Education, Curriculum Implementation, Student Development, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys, Measures (Individuals), Demography, Program Effectiveness, Competence
Journal of Technology Education. Web site: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JTE
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana