ERIC Number: EJ998173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Engineering and Technology Students' Perceptions of Courses
Mativo, John M.; Womble, Myra N.; Jones, Karen H.
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v23 n1 p103-115 Feb 2013
As cultural, social, political and economic changes take place, the secondary or high school curriculum should reflect and respond to changing needs and aspirations of students. Technology Education has been proactive in this arena as it has transformed over the decades to meet ever-changing societal needs. The most recent change to the discipline has been to add engineering and, as a result, adopting a new name and curriculum-Engineering and Technology Education. The added component and name change in Technology Education is causing discussions about what the new direction means, what professional preparation changes will be incurred, and what work graduating students will be prepared to do. In light of these changes, this study investigated perceptions of high school students in the United States of America about engineering and technology courses they take. To investigate whether students' perceptions are in accord with current changes in Engineering and Technology Education, 316 students enrolled in engineering and technology courses in Georgia schools that have an affiliation with the Georgia Engineering and Technology Education Association (GETEA) were surveyed. According to data analyses, students' perceptions can be divided into two factors. "Educational Value of Course" (factor 1) was extracted from statements measuring the degree to which the courses prepare students for employment and provide them with information regarding future employment. "Personal Relevance of Course" (factor 2) was derived from statements measuring students' perceptions about links between engineering and technology education and their personal lives. Such findings suggest these students valued their engineering and technology courses, planned to continue their education, made good grades, and had varied types of career expectations for jobs such as design engineers and architects.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Employment, Technology Education, Educational Change, Secondary School Curriculum, Engineering Education, High School Students, Education Work Relationship, Student Educational Objectives, Relevance (Education)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia