International Journal of Technology and Design Education

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 409-424

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Concepts and contexts in engineering and technology education: an international and interdisciplinary Delphi study

  • Ammeret RossouwAffiliated withDelft University of Technology Email author 
  • , Michael HackerAffiliated withHofstra University
  • , Marc J. de VriesAffiliated withDelft University of Technology


Inspired by a similar study by Osborne et al. we have conducted a Delphi study among experts to identify key concepts to be taught in engineering and technology education and relevant and meaningful contexts through which these concepts can be taught and learnt. By submitting the outcomes of the Delphi study to a panel of experts in a two-day meeting we were able to add structure to the Delphi results. Thus we reached a concise list of concepts and contexts that can be used to develop curricula for education about engineering and technology as a contribution to technological literacy goals in education.


Delphi study Engineering and technology education Concept-context Expert panel Engineering and technology education curriculum development Technological literacy ETE Teaching concepts in contexts