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ERIC Number: EJ1176222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8326
Data-Based Conjectures for Supporting Responsive Teaching in Engineering Design with Elementary Teachers
Watkins, Jessica; McCormick, Mary; Wendell, Kristen Bethke; Spencer, Kathleen; Milto, Elissa; Portsmore, Merredith; Hammer, David
Science Education, v102 n3 p548-570 May 2018
The national efforts underway to include engineering in K-12 science education present a variety of new challenges, including how to prepare teachers to teach a new discipline. In this paper, we focus on elementary teachers and how they enter into "responsive teaching," in which they closely attend and meaningfully respond to students' thinking. This pedagogical approach is particularly critical for teaching engineering design in ways that support students in developing original solutions to complex, dynamic problems. Drawing on 3 years of professional development that helped teachers incorporate engineering in literacy contexts, we investigated the knowledge and abilities teachers displayed for responsive teaching and how features of instructional design and classroom dynamics impacted their teaching. Throughout the project, we observed and videotaped professional development workshops and teachers' classrooms, and interviewed teachers about their classroom experiences. We then conducted a thematic analysis across these data sources, presenting common themes as conjectures for how teachers enter into responsive teaching in engineering. We discuss how these conjectures can inform teacher research and the design of teacher preparation programs in engineering.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL1020243