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Weinberg, Paul J. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2019
Reasoning about mechanism is central to disciplined inquiry in science and engineering and should thus be one of the foundations of a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. In addition, mechanistic reasoning is one of the core competencies listed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Engineering Concepts and…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Engineering Education, Equipment, Elementary School Students
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Pleasants, Jacob; Olson, Joanne K. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2019
To effectively incorporate engineering into their instruction, K-12 teachers need sufficient knowledge of the engineering discipline. An important component of teachers' engineering knowledge is their understanding of the nature of engineering: what engineers do, the epistemological underpinnings of engineering, and the relationships between…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Engineering Education, Engineering
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Utley, Juliana; Ivey, Toni; Weaver, John; Self, Mary Jo – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2019
A key goal of pre-college engineering programs is to increase the number and retention of students pursuing engineering degrees. The researchers conducted a transcript analysis in order to compare the retention of entering engineering majors at a university based on whether or not they participated in Project Lead the Way (PLTW) in high school.…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Engineering Education, College Students, High School Students
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Porter, Teresa; West, Meg E.; Kajfez, Rachel L.; Malone, Kathy L.; Irving, Karen E. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2019
Increased attention on the implementation of engineering education into elementary school classrooms aims to start preparing students early for potential engineering careers. In order to efficiently and effectively add engineering concepts to the curriculum, appropriate development and facilitation of engineering design challenges are required.…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers, Engineering Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Langman, Catherine; Zawojewski, Judith; McNicholas, Patricia; Cinar, Ali; Brey, Eric; Bilgic, Mustafa; Mehdizadeh, Hamidreza – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2018
This small-scale design study describes disciplinary learning in mathematical modeling and science from an authentic engineeringthemed module. Current research in tissue engineering served as source material for the module, including science content for readings and a mathematical modeling activity in which students work in small teams to design a…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Design, Mathematical Models, High School Students
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Zarske, Malinda S.; Vadeen, Maia L.; Tsai, Janet Y.; Sullivan, Jacquelyn F.; Carlson, Denise W. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2017
Today's college-aged students are graduating into a world that relies on multidisciplinary talents to succeed. Engineering college majors are more likely to find jobs after college that are outside of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, including jobs in healthcare, management, and social services. A survey of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Engineering Education, Teacher Certification, Teacher Attitudes
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Weinberg, Paul J. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2017
Because reasoning about mechanism is critical to disciplined inquiry in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) domains, this study focuses on ways to support the development of this form of reasoning. This study attends to how mechanistic reasoning is constituted through mathematical description. This study draws upon Smith's…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, High School Students
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Judson, Eugene; Ernzen, John; Krause, Stephen; Middleton, James A.; Culbertson, Robert J. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2016
In this exploratory study we examined the alignment of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) middle school engineering design standards with lesson ideas from middle school teachers, science education faculty, and engineering faculty (4-6 members per group). Respondents were prompted to provide plain language interpretations of two middle…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Engineering Education, Middle Schools, Middle School Teachers
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Worsley, Marcelo; Blikstein, Paulo – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2016
"Making" represents an increasingly popular label for describing a form of engineering design. While making is growing in popularity, there are still open questions about the strategies that students are using in these activities. Assessing and improving learning in making/ engineering design contexts require that we have a better…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Secondary School Students, Engineering, Engineering Education
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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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Wendell, Kristen Bethke – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2014
The incorporation of engineering practices and core ideas into the "Next Generation Science Standards" at the elementary school level provides exciting opportunities but also raises important questions about the preparation of new elementary teachers. Both the teacher education and engineering education communities have a limited…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Engineering, Engineering Education, Elementary School Science
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Lee, Ahlam – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2013
Many STEM studies have focused on traditional learning contexts, such as math- and science-related learning factors, as pre-college learning predictors for STEM major choices in colleges. Few studies have considered a progressive learning activity embedded within STEM contexts. This study chose computer-based learning activities in K-12 math…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Predictor Variables, High School Students, Majors (Students)
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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
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Franchetti, Matthew – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2012
This paper summarizes the findings of a five-year study aimed at improving the retention rates of female students pursuing careers in engineering. The study analyzed a series of programs implemented at the University of Toledo. The programs involve hands-on design projects, research experiences, communication tools geared towards females,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Females, Engineering Education, School Holding Power
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Marshall, Jill A.; Berland, Leema K. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2012
We report the results of a study focused on identifying and articulating an ''epistemic foundation'' underlying a pre-collegiate focus on engineering. We do so in the context of UTeach"Engineering" (UTE), a program supported in part by funding by the National Science Foundation and designed to develop a model approach to address the…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Academic Standards, Instructional Materials