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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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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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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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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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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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Weinberg, Paul J. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2017
Mechanistic reasoning is an epistemic practice central within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Although there has been some work on mechanistic reasoning in the research literature and standards documents, much of this work targets domain-general characterizations of mechanistic reasoning; this study provides…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, STEM Education, Item Response Theory, Scientific Concepts
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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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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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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
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Watkins, Jessica; Spencer, Kathleen; Hammer, David – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2014
Problem scoping--determining the nature and boundaries of a problem--is an essential aspect of the engineering design process. Some studies from engineering education suggest that beginning students tend to skip problem scoping or oversimplify a problem. However, the ways these studies often characterize students' problem scoping often do not…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Design, Elementary School Students
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Weber, Nicole; Duncan, Daphne; Dyehouse, Melissa; Strobel, Johannes; Diefes-Dux, Heidi A. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2011
The Draw an Engineer Test (DAET) is a common measure of students' perceptions of engineers. The coding systems currently used for K-12 research are general rubrics or checklists to capture the images presented in the drawing, which leave out some of the richness of students' perceptions, currently only captured with an accompanying student…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Engineering, Freehand Drawing