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Swan, Janis E.; Cowie, Bronwen; Paiti, Margaret – Teachers and Curriculum, 2021
Increasing diversity in engineering, which is a goal of the profession, education and government, starts with increasing the diversity of those choosing to study the discipline. This paper focuses on girls' engagement in engineering. Data is from a survey of girls attending a university open day and interviews with practising female engineers. The…
Descriptors: Females, Engineering Education, Womens Education, College Students
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Mildenhall, Paula; Cowie, Bronwen – Teachers and Curriculum, 2021
By engaging students in everyday issues and events, STEM education can contribute to the development of citizens who are equipped to make the world a better place. However, students' STEM learning with this focus requires teachers to identify age and context appropriate issues. Student investigation of local issues and events can be motivating for…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Community Involvement, School Community Relationship, Learner Engagement
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Hipkins, Rosemary; Cowie, Bronwen – Teachers and Curriculum, 2016
This paper introduces sigmoid or s-curve as a metaphor for describing the dynamics of change. We first encountered the s-curve as a description of a possible growth trajectory whereby populations become established, begin to flourish and the numbers increase rapidly until they reach some limit. At this point, the growth rate slows rapidly then…
Descriptors: Technological Advancement, Information Technology, Figurative Language, Mathematics
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Harlow, Ann; Cowie, Bronwen – Teachers and Curriculum, 2009
The introduction of computers, the Internet, and other Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) into the school context has proved challenging for many schools and teachers. In meeting these challenges, professional development for teachers has been seen traditionally as a formal process conducted by an expert from outside the school.…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Laptop Computers, Computer Uses in Education, Access to Computers