Title

Disciplinary Literacy in Engineering

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy

Volume

61

Issue

1

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Publication Date

6-26-2017

Award Number

NSF, Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) 1664228

Funder

NSF, Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC)

First Page

7

Last Page

14

Abstract

People who practice engineering can make a difference through designing products, procedures, and systems that improve people's quality of life. Literacy, including the interpretation, evaluation, critique, and production of texts and representations, is important throughout the engineering design process. In this commentary, the authors outline texts and interpretive frameworks that are common to each stage of the engineering design process as it is defined by the Next Generation Science Standards. The authors describe how disciplinary literacy can also account for students’ home languages and local bodies of knowledge, in addition to these engineering design standards. Finally, they conclude with a vision of disciplinary literacy as a tool to promote equity by rigorously supporting diverse students through the process of critiquing designs in society and creating ethical and equitable designs.

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