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ERIC Number: EJ821631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0746-3537
English Language Learner Engineering Collaborative
Pendergraft, Katy; Daugherty, Michael K.; Rossetti, Charles
Technology Teacher, v68 n4 p10-14 Dec 2008-Jan 2009
In an effort to develop an engineering design project that would deliver the necessary content and reach out to the English Language Learner (ELL) community, faculty in the Engineering Academy at Springdale High School in Springdale, Arkansas instituted the ELL Engineering Collaborative. The ELL Engineering Collaborative has four primary goals including: (1) delivering engineering content in a practical, hands-on, contextual manner, (2) reaching out to ELL and Hispanic communities through parental involvement, (3) encouraging Hispanic students to consider a future in engineering or teaching; (4) Drawing connections between primary, secondary, and tertiary students in STEM fields. The focus of the ELL Engineering Collaborative was on two populations of students--high school and elementary ELL students. Both the high school and elementary students indicated that they benefited from this collaborative experience. The elementary students were able to see firsthand how the vocabulary, geometry, and fractions they learn at their school are applied. Meanwhile, the high school students are introduced to teaching and mentoring--which takes them to a higher level of understanding and creates a need to understand the material in more depth. Observations also indicate that the high school engineering academy students came away from the experience with irreplaceable teaching and mentoring experiences related to technology education and engineering design.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas