Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering

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Overview

Can the United States continue to lead the world in innovation? The answer may hinge in part on how well the public understands engineering, a key component of the innovation engine. A related concern is how to encourage young people particularly girls and under-represented minorities to consider engineering as a career option. Changing the Conversation provides actionable strategies and market-tested messages for presenting a richer, more positive image of engineering. This book presents and discusses in detail market research about what the public finds most appealing about engineering as well as what turns the public off. Changing the Conversation is a vital tool for improving the public image of engineering and outreach efforts related to engineering. It will be used by engineers in professional and academic settings including informal learning environments (such as museums and science centers), engineering schools, national engineering societies, technology-based corporations that support education and other outreach to schools and communities, and federal and state agencies and labs that do or promote engineering, technology, and science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309119344
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1

1 Introduction 17

2 Development of a Positioning Statement, Themes, and Messages 39

3 Research Results 51

4 Conclusions and Recommendations 97

App. A Biographies of Committee Members 107

App. B In-Depth Interviews: Interviewer's Guide 115

App. C Focus groups: Moderator's Guide - Parents 121

App. D Focus Groups: Moderator's Guide - Teens 129

App. E Youth Triads: Moderator's Guide 135

App. F Online Survey 141

App. G Complete Data Tables - Online Survey (on CD)

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