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Burack, Cathy; Melchoir, Alan; Hoover, Matthew – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2019
One result of the growing concerns over the numbers of young people moving into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related careers has been the expansion of formal and informal STEM education programming for pre-college youth, from elementary school through high school. While the number of programs has grown rapidly, there is…
Descriptors: Robotics, After School Programs, STEM Education, College Students
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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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Johnson, Aaron W.; Wendell, Kristen B.; Watkins, Jessica – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2017
Engineering design places unique demands on teachers, as students are coming up with new, unanticipated ideas to problems along often unpredictable trajectories. These demands motivate a responsive approach to teaching, in which teachers attend their students' thinking and flexibly adapt their instructional plans and objectives. A great deal of…
Descriptors: Experienced Teachers, Engineering Education, Elementary School Teachers, Grounded Theory
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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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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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Hynes, Morgan; Swenson, Jessica – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2013
Mathematics and science knowledge/skills are most commonly associated with engineering's pre-requisite knowledge. Our goals in this paper are to argue for a more systematic inclusion of social science and humanities knowledge in the introduction of engineering to K-12 students. As part of this argument, we present a construct for framing the…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Student Attitudes, Humanities, Social Sciences