ERIC Number: ED536339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Engineering in K-12 Education: Understanding the Status and Improving the Prospects
Katehi, Linda, Ed.; Pearson, Greg, Ed.; Feder, Michael, Ed.
National Academies Press
Engineering education in K-12 classrooms is a small but growing phenomenon that may have implications for engineering and also for the other STEM subjects--science, technology, and mathematics. Specifically, engineering education may improve student learning and achievement in science and mathematics, increase awareness of engineering and the work of engineers, boost youth interest in pursuing engineering as a career, and increase the technological literacy of all students. The teaching of STEM subjects in U.S. schools must be improved in order to retain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy and to develop a workforce with the knowledge and skills to address technical and technological issues. "Engineering in K-12 Education" reviews the scope and impact of engineering education today and makes several recommendations to address curriculum, policy, and funding issues. The book also analyzes a number of K-12 engineering curricula in depth and discusses what is known from the cognitive sciences about how children learn engineering-related concepts and skills. "Engineering in K-12 Education" will serve as a reference for science, technology, engineering, and math educators, policy makers, employers, and others concerned about the development of the country's technical workforce. The book will also prove useful to educational researchers, cognitive scientists, advocates for greater public understanding of engineering, and those working to boost technological and scientific literacy.
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering, Technological Literacy, Educational Change, Scientific Literacy, Elementary Secondary Education, Global Approach, Educational Research, STEM Education, Science Careers, Economic Factors, Educational Policy, Curriculum Development, Educational Finance, Cognitive Science, Learning Processes, Technology Education, Science Education, Mathematics Education, Labor Force Development, Program Descriptions, Kindergarten
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Kindergarten
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Policymakers
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