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ERIC Number: ED538902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
The Nature and Status of STEM Professional Development: Effective Practices for Secondary Level Engineering Education. Research in Engineering and Technology Education
Custer, Rodney L.; Daugherty, Jenny L.
National Center for Engineering and Technology Education
Recently engineering has emerged on the K-12 scene as a potentially important content area. However, K-12 teachers typically lack sufficient backgrounds to effectively integrate engineering into their classrooms. Thus teacher professional development is of critical importance. Although there have been several initiatives emerge to assist teachers in teaching engineering-related curriculum, there has been little empirical research generated. For example, little is known about best practices, engineering pedagogical content knowledge, or effective design principles for engineering professional development. Although there is a general consensus in the literature concerning a set of principles that differentiate effective teacher professional development, little is known about how these translate to an engineering context. In addition, several complex issues have emerged that impact the implementation of engineering at the K-12 level, directly affecting teacher professional development. This paper reports on the landscape study funded by the National Center for Engineering and Technology Education (NCETE) to examine engineering teacher professional development. This study evolved to include a synthesis of several activities and their outcomes with the intent to help inform future research and practice within NCETE. This report summarizes three major activities: (1) the "Professional Development for Engineering and Technology: A National Symposium" conducted February 2007, in Dallas, Texas; (2) a multiple case study of engineering professional development projects; and (3) the "Symposium on Professional Development for Engineering and Technology Education: An Action Agenda" conducted June 2009, in Atlanta, Georgia. This report consists of two main sections: (1) a summary of the three major activities; and (2) a synthesis and discussion of the landscape of engineering-oriented professional development at the secondary level. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Center for Engineering and Technology Education (NCETE)