Application of peer reviewed journal articles for enhancing technological literacy

Brooks R. M., Çetin M., Kavuturu J.

120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA, United States Of America, 23 - 26 June 2013 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Atlanta, GA
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: No


"The Environment" course was taught in spring 2012 using the peer reviewed journal articles for enhancing technological literacy of the students. At the beginning of the course the students were given a pre-intervention assignment. The students were asked to explore the beneficial and harmful results of using the technology on the environment from the view point of an industry. The course introduced the students to the application of basic scientific principles (in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) to the environment. More specifically, the concepts of sustainability, ecology and evolution, population, climate, biodiversity and various industries such as agriculture, forests, and energy were covered in the course. The course was organized into several modules. For example, in the climate and air resources module, the students were introduced to atmospheric circulation, ocean circulation, climate and weather, air pollution and greenhouse effect and climate change. Students were not usually aware that systems of positive and negative feedbacks and their combinations affect the global warming. There were also many misconcepts among the students about what it means for the earth to get warmed. The average grade of the pre-intervention group was 67% and that of the post-intervention group was 79%, an 18% improvement over the pre-intervention. The groups were significantly different with a calculated t value of 3.3. The t-test confirmed statistical improvement at significant confidence level with an alpha value of 0.05. © American Society for Engineering Education, 2013.