Date of Award

Winter 12-16-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Industrial Technology Education

First Advisor

Matthew P. Stephens

Second Advisor

Donald D. Buskirk

Third Advisor

Brian A. Talbert

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine Engineering/Technology Education (ETE) teachers’ perceptions of Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) pre-engineering program in the state of Indiana utilizing the Characteristics of Technology Education Survey (CTES) (Daugherty, Hill, & Wicklein, 1996). The study focused on the perceptions of teachers who were and were not teaching PLTW’s pre-engineering curriculum as they related to curriculum content, teaching methodology, curriculum integration, and fit of curriculum in school environment. Two hundred and eighty two or 51.3% of Indiana high school ETE teachers responded to the 46 question CTES. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) and multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) were conducted to test for significance. The study found no significant differences in the perceptions of ETE teachers who were and who were not teaching PLTW’s pre-engineering program.