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Lottero-Perdue, Pamela S.; Settlage, John – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2021
The broad case being made in this paper is that recognizing student assets--rather than focusing on deficits--is essential for making engineering education more equitable. The paper begins with our exploration of an epistemic practice of engineering, ''making tradeoffs,'' as enacted by kindergartners after experiencing design failure and during…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Empathy, Equal Education, Epistemology
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Lottero-Perdue, Pamela S.; Parry, Elizabeth A. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2017
This mixed methods study examines perspectives on failure in the classroom by elementary teachers new to teaching engineering. The study participants included 254 teachers in third, fourth, and fifth grade who responded to survey questions about failure, as well as a subset of 38 of those teachers who participated in interviews about failure. The…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Mixed Methods Research, Teaching Methods, Interviews
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Lottero-Perdue, Pamela S.; Parry, Elizabeth A. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2017
This mixed-methods study examines how teachers who have taught one or two units of the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum for two years reported on: students' responses to design failure; the ways in which they, the teachers, supported these students and used fail words (e.g. fail, failure); and the teachers' broad perspectives and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Mixed Methods Research, Engineering, Engineering Education