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Hansen, Alexandria K.; McBeath, Jasmine K.; Harlow, Danielle B. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2019
This study used cultural historical activity theory to make meaning of a digital fabrication project situated in the complexity of a classroom. Using an ethnographic perspective, we observed 14 students (aged 13-14) in a middle school's creative design and engineering class inspired by the Maker Movement. Working with the classroom teacher, a…
Descriptors: Student Role, Student Attitudes, Attitude Change, Middle School Students
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Chu, Lawrence; Sampson, Victor; Hutner, Todd L.; Rivale, Stephanie; Crawford, Richard H. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2019
The goal of this study was to examine how the use of a new instructional model is related to changes in middle school students' engineering identity. The intent of this instructional model, which is called argument-driven engineering (ADE), is to give students opportunities to design and critique solutions to meaningful problems using the core…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Middle School Students, Engineering Education, Problem Based Learning
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Gale, Jessica; Koval, Jayma; Ryan, Mike; Usselman, Marion; Wind, Stefanie – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2018
With the inclusion of engineering disciplinary core ideas (DCIs), the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) position engineering as a new priority in K-12 science classrooms. This paper reports findings from the implementation of SLIDER, a problem-based learning 8th grade physical science curriculum that integrates engineering and physical…
Descriptors: Engineering, Middle School Students, Problem Based Learning, Grade 8
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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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Carroll, Maureen P. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2014
This paper describes the journey of a group of university students as they worked with underserved middle school students as mentors in a STEM-based afterschool program. Design thinking provided a frame within which students learned how to be mentors, how to create user-centered learning experiences, and how to share their experiences as…
Descriptors: Mentors, Middle School Students, College Students, Disadvantaged Youth
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Ing, Marsha; Aschbacher, Pamela R.; Tsai, Sherry M. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2014
This longitudinal study analyzes survey responses in seventh, eighth, and ninth grade from diverse public school students (n = 482) to explore gender differences in engineering and science career preferences. Females were far more likely to express interest in a science career (31%) than an engineering career (13%), while the reverse was true for…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Middle School Students, Student Interests, Engineering
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English, Lyn D.; Hudson, Peter; Dawes, Les – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2013
Incorporating engineering concepts into middle school curriculum is seen as an effective way to improve students' problem-solving skills. A selection of findings is reported from a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based unit in which students in the second year (grade 8) of a three-year longitudinal study explored…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Engineering, Engineering Education, Middle School Students