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ERIC Number: EJ1063611
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1064
Who Is Doing the Engineering, the Student or the Teacher? The Development and Use of a Rubric to Categorize Level of Design for the Elementary Classroom
Nadelson, Louis S.; Pfiester, Joshua; Callahan, Janet; Pyke, Patricia
Journal of Technology Education, v26 n2 p22-45 Spr 2015
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professional development for K-5 teachers often includes engineering design as a focus. Because engineering applications provide perspective to both teachers and their students in terms of how mathematic and scientific principles are employed to solve real-world problems (Baine, 2004; Roden, 1997), there is great interest in using engineering as a context for studying STEM education. In this article, the authors describe a three-day summer institute that provided K-5 teachers with professional development opportunities designed to enhance their knowledge and preparation for teaching using engineering design. The institute combined presentations, workshops, hands-on activities, and curriculum planning and development. Following the professional development course, they observed how the teachers implemented engineering design lessons with students in their classrooms. Specifically, their collaboration sought to enhance the participating teachers' understanding of the work of engineers. They also explored the procedures for engineering design as approaches to solving problems and conducting research while recognizing the developmentally appropriate application and use of these approaches for teaching STEM to elementary level learners. The authors gathered empirical data detailing teacher knowledge of the design process, their instructional use of engineering design, and student response to design assignments at the elementary, K-5 level. This article presents a new level of design classification rubric developed for categorizing levels of responsibility of the students and teachers in the design process. The rubric was designed to classify design lessons based on the student and teacher (or instructional resource) responsibility for decision making in determining the structure of the elements of design.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Idaho
Grant or Contract Numbers: U215100034