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ERIC Number: EJ1037756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0957 7572
Improving Engineering Skills in High School Students: A Partnership between University and K-12 Teachers
Salas-Morera, Lorenzo; Cejas-Molina, María A.; Olivares-Olmedilla, José L.; Climent-Bellido, María S.; Leva-Ramírez, Josefa A.; Martínez-Jiménez, Pilar
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v23 n4 p903-920 Nov 2013
The level of science skills in Spanish students are significantly below the average of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and university teachers agree that the level of freshmen students' skills is too low. Moreover, the number of engineering enrollments has been declining in recent years. The purpose of this study is to improve both the level of knowledge and skills of students upon entrance into engineering programs and their general opinion about engineering studies. The aim is to establish the importance of proper coordination between groups involved in the overall educational process and to avoid, at least in part, the decline in recent engineering enrollments. The project had the following four phases: (1) determination of the freshmen's weakest concepts; (2) assessment of high schools students' knowledge; (3) development of educational activities; and (4) re-assessment of high school students. These measures were complemented with the high school teachers' opinions about the students improvements and analyses of the evolution of engineering enrollments. Most of the participants significantly improved their knowledge and skills. Similarly, high school teachers believed that the attitude of the students toward engineering improved significantly.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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