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Course Readings Guide

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Palmer, P. J. (1998). The courage to teach : exploring the inner landscape of a teacher’s life. Jossey-Bass.   Chapter 3 


Noddings, preface

Akera, A. (2017). Setting the standards for engineering education: A history. Proceedings of the IEEE, 105(9), 1834–1843. 

Davis, M. S. (1971). That’s Interesting! Toward a Phenomenology of Sociology and a Sociology of Phenomenology. Philosophy of Social Science, 1, 309–344. 

Noddings, ch. 1 (pre 20th c.)

Reynolds, T. S. (1992). The Education of Engineers in America before the Morrill Act of 1862. History of Education Quarterly, 32(4), 459. 

Bowker, G. C., & Star, S. L. (1999). Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences. Inside Technology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.  Introduction.


Noddings, ch 2 (Dewey)

Seely, B. E. (1999). The Other Re-engineering of Engineering Education, 1900-1965. Journal of Engineering Education, 88(3), 285–294.

Bix, A. S. (2002). Equipped for life: Gendered technical training and consumerism in home economics, 1920-1980. Technology and Culture, 43(4), 728–754.

Mann Report:

Wickenden Report:

Grinter Report:

Goals/Walker Report:

Engineer of 2020:

Jamieson & Lohmann (CCSSIEE) report:

Noddings, Chapter 4 (continental)

Gieryn, T. F. (1999). Cultural Boundaries of Science: Credibility on the Line. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.  Preface and Introduction.

Noble, D. F. (1977). America by design : science, technology, and the rise of corporate capitalism. Knopf. Chapter 2.

Layton, E. T. (1986). The revolt of the engineers: social responsibility and the American engineering profession. Cleveland: Press of Case Western Reserve University.  Chapter 2.

Noddings, ch 6 (epistemology and education)

Dall’Alba, G. (2009). Learning professional ways of being: Ambiguities of becoming. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 41(1), 34–45.

Lowndes, V. Marsh, D. & Stoker, G. (2018). Theory and methods in political science. Red Globe Press. Read chapter 11. 

Figueiredo, A. De. (2008). Toward an Epistemology of Engineering. In 2008 Workshop on Philosophy and Engineering. Royal Academy of Engineering.


Noddings, ch 7 (educational research)

Biesta, G. (2007). Why “what works” won’t work: Evidence-based practice and the democratic deficit in educational research. Educational Theory, 57(1), 1–22.

The Steering Committee of the National Engineering Education Research Colloquies. (2006). The national engineering education research colloquies. Journal of Engineering Education, 95(4), 257–258.


Noddings, chapter 8 (ethics and moral education)

Mitcham, C. (2009). A historico-ethical perspective on engineering education: From use and convenience to policy engagement. Engineering Studies, 1(1), 35–53.

Pantazidou, Marina, Indira Nair, “Ethic of care: Guiding principles of engineering teaching and practiceJournal of Engineering Education, April 1999, 205-212.

Noddings chapter 9 (social and political philosophy)

Herkert, J. R. (2000) Engineering ethics education in the USA: Content, pedagogy and curriculum, European Journal of Engineering Education, 25:4, 303-313, DOI: 10.1080/03043790050200340

Russell, A. and L. Vinsel, “Hail the maintainers.” Aeon, April 7, 2016.


Noddings chapter 10 (school reform)

Lucena, J., Downey, G., Jesiek, B., & Elber, S. (2008). Competencies beyond countries: The re-organization of engineering education in the United states, Europe, and Latin America. Journal of Engineering Education, 97(4), 433–447.

Froyd, J. E., Wankat, P. C., & Smith, K. A. (2012). Five major shifts in 100 years of engineering education. Proceedings of the IEEE, 100(SPL CONTENT), 1344–1360.



Draft your outline. 

Moore, K. (2013). Exposing hidden relations: Storytelling, pedagogy, and the study of policy. Journal of technical writing and communication, 43(1), 63-78.

King, A. S., Moore, K. R., Edlin, A. H., & Frankel, S. (2017). Drawing strategies for communication planning: a rationale and exemplar of the geometric page form (GPF) approach. Communication Design Quarterly Review, 5(1), 71-79.

Noddings, chapter 11 

Downey, Gary. L., Juan C. Lucena, Barbara Moskal, Rosamond Parkhurst, Thomas Bigley, Chris Hays, Brent K. Kesiek, Liam Kelly, Jonson Miller, Sharon Ruff, Jane Lehr, Amy Nichols-Belo. “The Globally Competent Engineer: Working Effectively with People Who Define Problems Differently.”  Journal of Engineering Education 95(2) 107-122. April 2006

Choice of 1 selection from this list, or if you can find another scholarly article about a country of your choice, get it approved to read instead:

  1. Kloot, B., & Rouvrais, S. (2017). The South African engineering education model with a European perspective: history, analogies, transformations and challenges. European Journal of Engineering Education42(2), 188–202.
  2. Crawford, S. (1996). The making of the French engineer. In P. Meiksins & C. Smith.(1996) Engineering labour: Technical workers in comparative perspective. New York: Verso.
  3. Smith, C., & Whalley, P. (1996). Engineers in Britain: A study in persistence. In P. Meiksins & C. Smith.(1996) Engineering labour: Technical workers in comparative perspective. New York: Verso.
  4. El-sherbeeny, A. M. (2014). Highlighting the Need for Engineering Education for Females in Saudi Arabia. 2014 ASEE Annual Conference Highlighting the Need for Engineering Education for Females in Saudi Arabia.
  5. McCormick, K. (1996). Japanese engineers as corporate salary-men. In P. Meiksins & C. Smith.(1996) Engineering labour: Technical workers in comparative perspective. New York: Verso.
  6. Gispen, K. (1996). The long quest for professional identity: German engineers in historical perspective, 1850-1990. In P. Meiksins & C. Smith.(1996) Engineering labour: Technical workers in comparative perspective. New York: Verso.
  7. Kranakis, E. (1997). The French technologists. Constructing a Bridge: An Exploration of Engineering Culture, Design, and Research in Nineteenth-Century France and America, 215–232.
  8. Zhu, Q., & Jesiek, B. K. (2014). In pursuit of the Dao in policymaking: Toward a cultural approach to understanding engineering education policy in China. Technology in Society38, 169–176. 
  9. Downey, G. L., & Wada, M. (2011). Avoiding inferiority: Global engineering education across JapanAmerican Society for Engineering Education 2011 Proceedings, 1–20.
  10. Han, K. (2010). A crisis of identity: The kwa-hak-ki-sul-ja (scientist-engineer) in contemporary Korea. Engineering Studies2(2), 125–147.
  11. Chatzis, K. (2009). Coping with the Second Industrial Revolution: Fragmentation of the French engineering education system, 1870s to the present. Engineering Studies1(2), 79–99.
  12. Andreas, J. (2009). Introduction: Rise of the red engineers. Rise of the Red Engineers: The Cultural Revolution and the Origins of China’s New Class, 1–14.

Noddings, chapter 12

Riley, D., Slaton, A. E., & Pawley, A. L. (2014). Social justice and inclusion: Women and minorities in engineering. In A. Johri & B. M. Olds (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of engineering education research (pp. 335–356). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Leydens and Lucena (2017) Engineering Justice: Transforming Engineering Education and Practice: Transforming Engineering Education and Practice. Wiley. Chapter 1.



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