The public has an incomplete understanding of engineers and engineering as a profession. In discussions about the public's understanding of engineers, many have referenced the "conventional" stereotype of engineers as train operators. Though this stereotype may exist among students as well as the public, few investigations to date have focused on students' ideas about engineers and engineering. The recent introduction of engineering into the K-12 curriculum in Massachusetts has increased interest among educators in assessing students' knowledge of engineering as a result of intervention and outreach. The "Draw a Scientist Test" (DAST) has been widely used to assess students' attitudes about scientists. To help assess students' ideas about engineering before and after intervention, we are developing a "Draw an Engineer Test" (DAET). This analysis focuses on the results of the pilot study of students' written and drawn responses to the question "What does an engineer do?".
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings|
|State||Published - Oct 25 2004|
|Event||ASEE 2004 Annual Conference and Exposition, "Engineering Researchs New Heights" - Salt Lake City, UT, United States|
Duration: Jun 20 2004 → Jun 23 2004
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