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Simpson, Amber; Knox, Peter N. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2022
The culture of engineering and the culture of formal learning environments often make it difficult for individuals to develop an engineering identity. Conversely, recent research points to the home environment as an alternative setting to support discipline-specific identity development of children, while less is known regarding the identity…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Snodgrass Rangel, Virginia; Henderson, Jerrod A.; Martinez, Chelsea; Greer, Rick – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic forced much of schooling online and limited students' access to informal learning opportunities such as afterschool programs. The purpose of this study was to investigate how fourth- and fifth-grade students engaged in an online engineering program and what factors influenced their engagement. We drew on a four-dimensional…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Learner Engagement, After School Education, Engineering Education
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Skinner, Ron K.; Harlow, Danielle B. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2022
The practice of persisting and learning from design failures is essential to engineering design and offers unique ways of knowing and learning for K-12 students. To understand how students engage in the practice of persisting and learning from design failures, we must first understand how, if at all, they recognize that a design failure has…
Descriptors: Recognition (Psychology), Design, Failure, Grade 4
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Henderson, Jerrod; Snodgrass Rangel, Virginia; Holly, James, Jr.; Greer, Rick; Manuel, Mariam – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2021
Black and Brown men continue to be underrepresented in engineering. One explanation for the dearth of Black and Latino men in engineering is that engineering (and STEM) identity often is not inclusive of People of Color. As a result, Black and Brown boys may be less likely to become interested in STEM subjects. The purpose of this study, then, was…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Identification (Psychology), Males, Minority Group Students
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Ehsan, Hoda; Cardella, Monica E. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2020
In the last two decades, pre-college engineering education has increased, with research on pre-college engineering education emerging as a nascent field. However, limited research, if any, has considered aspects of engineering thinking of children with neurodiversity. In line with calls for broadening participation in engineering education,…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Engineering Education, Students with Disabilities
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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
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Guzey, S. Selcen; Moore, Tamara J.; Harwell, Michael – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2016
Improving K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education has a priority on numerous education reforms in the United States. To that end, developing and sustaining quality programs that focus on integrated STEM education is critical for educators. Successful implementation of any STEM program is related to the curriculum…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Teacher Developed Materials, Engineering Education, Integrated Curriculum
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McCormick, Mary E.; Hammer, David – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2016
Novel Engineering activities are premised on the integration of engineering and literacy: students identify and engineer solutions to problems that arise for fictional characters in stories they read for class. There are advantages to this integration, for both engineering and literacy goals of instruction: the stories provide ''clients'' to…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Learner Engagement, Design, Engineering
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Watkins, Jessica; Spencer, Kathleen; Hammer, David – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2014
Problem scoping--determining the nature and boundaries of a problem--is an essential aspect of the engineering design process. Some studies from engineering education suggest that beginning students tend to skip problem scoping or oversimplify a problem. However, the ways these studies often characterize students' problem scoping often do not…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Design, Elementary School Students
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Weber, Nicole; Duncan, Daphne; Dyehouse, Melissa; Strobel, Johannes; Diefes-Dux, Heidi A. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2011
The Draw an Engineer Test (DAET) is a common measure of students' perceptions of engineers. The coding systems currently used for K-12 research are general rubrics or checklists to capture the images presented in the drawing, which leave out some of the richness of students' perceptions, currently only captured with an accompanying student…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Engineering, Freehand Drawing