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ERIC Number: EJ1045689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3031
Where Is the "E" in STEM for Young Children? Engineering Design Education in an Elementary Teacher Preparation Program
DiFrancesca, Daniell; Lee, Carrie; McIntyre, Ellen
Issues in Teacher Education, v23 n1 p49-64 Spr 2014
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education initiatives in the United States have surged as the demand for high-quality STEM education has escalated (Nadelson, Callahan, Pyke, Hay, & Schrader, 2009; Parry, 2011). The goal of this article is to present a description of how one STEM-focused elementary teacher preparation program (K-5) incorporates "engineering," the often-neglected component of STEM education, in an appropriate, meaningful, and substantial way. The authors begin with a discussion of engineering and the engineering design process that is incorporated in this STEM-focused elementary teacher preparation program. This is followed by a brief description of the program and its goals. Pertinent reflections from graduates of this program are included to exemplify the program goals. Finally, the authors conclude with a discussion of future research designed to evaluate the impact of this engineering component and provide recommendations for elementary teacher preparation programs that hope to expand their STEM focus.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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