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Graduate Education and the Doctor of Industrial Technology Degree: The Purposes; Roles; and Functions. Monograph Series; 2


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College Curriculum; Doctoral Degrees; Educational Objectives; Graduate Study; Higher Education; Industrial Education; Technical Education; Technology


Professional concerns for graduate study in general and the nature of doctoral degrees in the field of industrial arts are discussed; with specific focus on the Doctor of Industrial Technology (D.I.T.); which is offered as an alternative to the Ph.D. or Ed.D. at the University of Northern Iowa. Three basic purposes of graduate education as specified by the National Board on Graduate Education are: professional education and training; the production of new knowledge; and the preservation and transmission of knowledge. Study experiences for students in doctoral programs may entail formal lecture courses and then activities where knowledge and the use of scholarly tools can be demonstrated. Ph.D.; Ed.D.; and Doctor of Arts programs are briefly addressed; along with other less known discipline-oriented doctoral degrees. Purposes of the D.I.T. program are identified; including developing knowledge and practice of: industrial technology as a discipline; the behavior of technological systems in industry and their effect on people and environment; and the potential and limitations of future development in technological systems and their utilization in industry. Goals and characteristics of the D.I.T. program are also specified along with a list of core courses and examples of internships completed in D.I.T. programs. (SW)


Department of Industrial Technology

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UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa


©1983 Michael R. White



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