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ERIC Number: EJ898817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1064
Cognitive Processes of Students Participating in Engineering-Focused Design Instruction
Kelley, Todd R.
Journal of Technology Education, v19 n2 p50-64 Spr 2008
Since the publication of the Standards for Technological Literacy in 2000 (ITEA), there have been a number of new programs developed that are designed to teach pre-engineering. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is one such program. Project Lead the Way boasts serving over 1250 schools in 44 states and teaching over 160,000 students. Another program is the National Center for Engineering and Technology Education (NCETE) which seeks to develop activities to infuse engineering design into technology education. Moreover, although both PLTW and the NCETE seek to develop engineering-focused design, the purposes of these programs are different. The purpose of this research was to determine if these two different approaches to engineering-focused design instruction will affect how students solve ill-defined problems. The research study examined the cognitive processes employed by students participating in two different engineering-focused curricular approaches to design and problem solving. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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