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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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Kidd, Jennifer; Kaipa, Krishnanand; Gutierrez, Kristie; Lee, Min Jung; Pazos, Pilar; Ringleb, Stacie I. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2022
Ed+gineering, an NSF-funded program, adapted hands-on robotics instruction for online delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This qualitative multiple case study shares the experiences of participating education students in spring 2021 as they collaborated virtually with engineering students and fifth graders to engineer bioinspired robots…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Interpersonal Relationship, Education Majors
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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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Chiu, Jennifer L.; Fick, Sarah J.; McElhaney, Kevin W.; Alozie, Nonye; Fujii, Reina – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2021
This paper addresses an important consideration for promoting equitable engineering instruction: understanding how teachers contextualize curricular materials to draw upon student and community resources. We present a descriptive case study of two 5th grade teachers who co-designed a Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-aligned curricular unit…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Teaching Methods, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
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McLean, Mandy; Nation, Jasmine M.; Spina, Alexis; Susko, Tyler; Harlow, Danielle; Bianchini, Julie – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2020
Research suggests that, to narrow the gender gap in engineering, we should focus on helping young girls identify with engineering both because gendered attitudes emerge around kindergarten and because identity is more predictive than performance on persistence in the field. This qualitative study sought to understand the impact of collaborative…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Females, Disproportionate Representation, Engineering Education
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Glancy, Aran W.; Moore, Tamara J.; Guzey, Selcen; Smith, Karl A. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2017
An understanding of statistics and skills in data analysis are becoming more and more essential, yet research consistently shows that students struggle with these concepts at all levels. This case study documents some of the struggles four groups of fifth-grade students encounter as they collect, organize, and interpret data and then ultimately…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Data Analysis, STEM Education, Grade 5
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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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Crotty, Elizabeth A.; Guzey, Selcen S.; Roehrig, Gillian H.; Glancy, Aran W.; Ring-Whalen, Elizabeth A. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2017
This study examined different approaches to integrating engineering practices in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum units. These various approaches were correlated with student outcomes on engineering assessment items. There are numerous reform documents in the USA and around the world that emphasize the need to…
Descriptors: Engineering, STEM Education, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains
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Ozogul, Gamze; Miller, Cindy Faith; Reisslein, Martin – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2017
Ethnic minorities, such as Latinx people of Hispanic or Latino origin, and women earn fewer engineering degrees than Caucasians and men. With shifting population dynamics and high demands for a technically qualified workforce, it is important to achieve broad participation in the engineering workforce by all ethnicities and both genders. Previous…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, White Students, Student Interests, Engineering
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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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Wilson-Lopez, Amy; Gregory, Stacie; Larsen, Victor – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2016
For decades, researchers have asserted that K-12 teachers should embed reading comprehension instruction within each academic discipline, including "technical subjects" such as engineering. Recently, this assertion has become a source of controversy among researchers and practitioners who believe that time spent on teaching reading…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Reading Comprehension, Engineering, Reading Strategies