Kurt Becker is a Professor and the Department Head of Engineering and Technology Education. He is the Co-Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded National Center for Engineering and Technology Education and Principal Investigator for the NSF funded project: Communities of Effective Practice: A professional STEM Development Partnership Model for Teachers of American Indian Students. His areas of research include adult learning cognition, engineering education professional development and technical training. He works with the technology teacher education program in the department and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in methods of institutions of higher education. He has extensive international experience working on technical training projects funded by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and U.S. Department of Labor, USAID. Countries where he has worked include Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, and Thailand. He is currently a consultant on a USAID-funded project that involves workforce development and enterprise competitiveness. He has numerous publications in technology education and international training.
Education: Departments, Degrees and Directions (with L. Benson, M. Cooper, H. Griffin, and K. Smith), International Journal of Engineering
Integrative Approaches among Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Subjects on Students' Learning: A
Meta-Analysis (with K. Park), Journal of STEM Education (2009)
Motivation while Designing in Engineering and Technology Education Impacted by Academic Preparation (with N. Mentzer), Journal of Industrial Teacher Education (2009)
The purpose of this study was to determine if high school students’ academic preparation was...
Council on Technology Teacher Education
Yearbook (with C. Hailey and M. Thomas), Developing Connections in the Engineering Community (2008)
National Center for Engineering and Technology Education (with Christine Hailey, Thomas Erekson, and Maurice Thomas), The Technology Teacher (2005)
The article reports that the overall impact of the National Center for Engineering and Technology...