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Vol. 28 * Number 1 * Summer 2020
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Observing the Impact of Engineering Curriculum on 6th Grade Students’ Attitudes Towards
Engineering as They Engage in Building Electric Bikes
Gregg Olsen, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Dr. Geoffrey A. Wright, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Dr. Josh West, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
In the past few decades, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education has become a driving force for innovators throughout the world (Atkinson & Mayo, 2010; Bybee, 2010). STEM education has also become an economic factor in developing countries (Kennedy & Odell, 2014). Currently, the United States (US) is behind in STEM education compared to other nations, causing worry for the future innovators of the US (Atkinson & Mayo, 2010; Dugger, 2010). It was proposed that STEM education be reformed for K-12 in the US to cultivate a new generation of skilled scientists, technicians, engineers, and educators in science and math (Kennedy & Odell, 2014). STEM education helps to build world leaders including marketable and knowledgeable employees because it teaches and exposes students to problems in the real world, especially in their community (Brown, Brown, Reardon, & Merrill, 2011; Gomez & Albrecht, 2013). Accordingly, the purpose of this study was to answer the question: how does implementing more engineering in STEM education impact student attitudes toward engineering for 6th graders? The method for implementing more STEM was to teach students about engineering in a hands-on maker activity which involved multiple engineering components embedded in a real-world problem. The activity required students to make electric bikes, while analyzing transportation to and from school. This activity exposed the students to principles of mechanical engineering, civil engineering, city planning, and public health. The data was collected using two methods. The first used a survey instrument called the Technology and Engineering Attitudes Scale (TEAS), the second method involved interviewing participants.
Effects of the Economic Policies Applied in Turkey on the Banking Sector 1960 – 2020
Dr. Birgul Fındıklı, Nisantasi University, Istanbul, Turkey
The banking sector has become one of the most rapidly developing and expanding sectors in Turkey and been used as a tool for national development. The banking sector has taken its place as an important sector with a role in the generation of income, business and tax revenues, alleviating the problems of balance of payments, and contributing to economic developments by means of the economic policies applied. The Turkish banking sector has made significant developments, especially since the 1980s, and has become one of the sources making great contributions to the country’s economy. The sector has an important role in creating new employment opportunities, reducing unemployment, and eliminating of the problems of balance of payments. Therefore, the banking sector may be considered a key sector in Turkey’s economic development strategy. The purpose of the study is to provide information regarding the place of the banking sector within the Turkish economy as a result of the economic policies applied in Turkey and evaluate the sector’s historical development. The aim of the economic policies applied in Turkey is to increase investments and expenditures by ensuring that the banking sector provides reliable funding at the lowest cost and ensuring that production and demand are increased depending thereon. In this study, the economic developments experienced in Turkey from 1960 to today and the effect of the economic policies applied to the banking sector have been examined. We have explained how the banking sector changed depending on the economic policies applied within Turkey’s historical development. We have attempted to reveal the positive effects of the banking sector on national income, gross domestic product, balance of payments, employment, and investment.
The Relationship Between Instruction Expenditures and Public High
School Completion in Hawai‘i: A Case Study
Dr. Larson Ng, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i
The following study attempted to analyze the impact of instruction expenditures on public high school completers on all of the public school districts in Hawai‘i. Essentially, a correlation and bivariate regression procedure were employed to determine the nature and econometric relationship between instruction expenditures and high school completion from 2000 to 2007. Although instruction expenditures had increased for all high school districts, increases in completion were only observed in the Central, Leeward, and Maui districts. Moreover, although only the Central and Leeward districts showed econometrically positive relationships towards completion, the Windward, Kauai, and the Big Island districts showed econometrically negative relationships. Consequently, it remained unclear whether additional expenditures in instruction lead to higher levels of high school completion as a whole in Hawai‘i during 2000 to 2007. Instruction is a critically important factor that contributes to high school completion. Although there are many techniques to measure the productivity of instruction, assessing its effectiveness through a financial perspective remains one practical way to accomplish this task (Beard, 2009). In a time with ever dwindling education budgets, it behooves educational leaders to be vigilant that their specific allocation of funds results in the greatest returns to the community they serve. Especially for high school administrators, they should particularly be aware how their financial commitment to instruction translates into high school completion. Consequently, this study will attempt to investigate whether increases in instruction expenditures result in higher numbers of high school completion by analyzing the Hawai‘i’s Department of Education’s (DOE) high school instruction expenditures (i.e., teacher salaries and benefits, substitutes, instructional paraprofessionals, pupil-use technology, software and instructional materials, trips, and supplies) and its econometric relationship with high school completers in Hawai‘i (Hawai‘i Department of Education, n.d.).
Understanding Corporate Governance in The European Union: Comparative Analysis of Codes of
Best Practices in the Selected Member States
Dr. Darko Tipuric, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business, Croatia
Lana Cindric, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business, Croatia
Astrid Elizabeth Pranjic, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business, Croatia
The purpose of this paper is to deepen the understanding of the role that codes of best practices have in shaping corporate governance practices in the European Union (EU). The main objective of the paper is to investigate the differences between codes of best practices in the selected European Union member states concerning the type of institution that has initiated their adoption. The paper highlights the importance of corporate governance codes for shaping corporate governance practices in the EU countries. The presented results are interesting from both scientific and expert points of view. The key findings indicate codes initiated by different professional bodies have numerous similarities. Differences are, however, evident concerning the requirements on disclosure compliance, the control over the degree of compliance, the instructions on how to present the level of compliance, the types of principles and appendices, or the comprehensiveness of the code. The field of corporate governance is of great interest to both the business world and the legislative and regulatory bodies, the media and the general public, given that corporate governance concerns a large number of different stakeholders. The area of corporate governance itself, at its core, deals with management structures and processes of business systems. Corporate governance codes are systematically regulated set of corporate governance principles, standards and best practices that are neither legally nor contractually binding which is why they are often referred to as soft laws (Baraibar-Diez, Odriozola & Fernández Sánchez, 2015). As such, codes represent guidelines for the present and future conduct of directors, managers and employees and they come in different forms and cover a variety of topics (Eijsbouts, 2017).
Understanding Influencers on Women in STEM – Specifically Engineering
Joshua Luchs, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Dr. Geoffrey A. Wright, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Angela Brady, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
This article presents the finding from investigating why women university students choose to stay or leave engineering majors. A hybrid research model using literature review, focus group interviews, and a survey was used to collect data. The results reveal that over 69% of women left engineering within two semesters. 42% said they were pushed away, i.e., 65% said they were dissatisfied with learning in a way they enjoyed; and just over 60% said they did not feel a social belonging). Additionally, women who left engineering majors said that they wanted more real-world applications that would have social impact and involve more creativity. Due to underrepresentation of women within STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), extensive research has been poured into developing methods and understanding on how to support women representation in these fields. While the imbalance of gender representation is widely documented (National Science Board | Science and Engineering Indicators, 2018), it is debated among the political community whether or not gender representative imbalance is an issue necessary to address. This debate branches from the varying theories given to explain differing gender occupational choices. These theories primarily involve: societal gender stereotypes, perceived gender expectations, lack of female role models/participation, and naturally differing interests between men and women. Despite the perceived ambiguity on the necessity of a broad-scale intervention, studies suggest that the field of STEM education is in particular need of improvement in this matter. A report by the National Center for Educational Statistics (2014) revealed that more women than males left STEM degrees.
A New Paradigm: Creating a Different Kind of University
Dr. Ayse Olcay Costello, Eastern Illinois University, IL
Dr. Thomas G. Costello, Eastern Illinois University, IL
In this paper, we highlight the difficulties that are rippling through the U.S. higher education system. These difficulties are predominantly caused by both disruptive changes in technologies used in education delivery and increasing fiscal pressures that are visited upon institutions of higher education. The fiscal pressures themselves have multiple sources. For one, U.S. State’s want to spend less money on higher education to balance their budgets. For another, the general public questions the cost efficiency and effectiveness of institutions of higher education, especially since politicians debate whether higher education, at least in public institutions, should be free. If public higher education becomes free, then serving it at the lowest cost possible may become an even more pressing issue. Students who graduate with a substantial debt to cover their costs of higher education, as well as employers who hire them, also question the efficiency and effectiveness of higher education institutions. In this hostile environment, institutions of higher education find themselves in a situation where they must do more with smaller and less certain budgets. To do-more-with-less, administrative structures become more bureaucratic and tenure is questioned. As a result, many think that the quality of education declines. In this paper, we propose a new paradigm for higher education to counter these headwinds that reduce the quality of U.S. higher education. Specifically, we propose a paradigm, which can increase the quality of higher education while also decreasing its costs of provision. Universities in the U.S. are in turmoil due to strong headwinds created by developments that range from burgeoning disruptive technologies (e.g., online content delivery allowing universities to reach students who are geographically dispersed), to enhanced fiscal discipline mandated by state legislators who are battling their own budget issues (Costello, Costello and Nelson, 2017; Curnalia and Mermer, 2018). Many smaller regional state universities that do not offer Ph.D. programs find themselves losing students to the competition from distant universities who lure their potential students via online delivery.
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