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Dyehouse, Melissa; Santone, Adam L.; Kisa, Zahid; Carr, Ronald L.; Razzouk, Rabieh – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2019
This paper describes the design principles and implementation of a novel approach for a K--12 teacher professional development (PD) program. The approach integrates training focused on development of model eliciting activities (MEAs) within authentic engineering design tasks, collaborative 3D model design and fabrication, and inspirational site…
Descriptors: Authentic Learning, Engineering Education, Faculty Development, Design
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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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Anwar, Saira; Bascou, Nicholas Alexander; Meneske, Muhsin; Kardgar, Asefeh – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2019
There has been a steady increase in the number of studies investigating educational robotics and its impact on academic and social skills of young learners. Educational robots are used both in and out of school environments to enhance K-12 students' interest, engagement, and academic achievement in various fields of STEM education. Some prior…
Descriptors: Robotics, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Transfer of Training
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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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Radloff, Jeffrey; Capobianco, Brenda; Dooley, Annie – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2019
This study examines the perspectives of three generations of elementary teachers learning to teach science using engineering design and the risks associated with implementing this innovative type of reform-based science instruction. Data were gathered using semi-structured interviews, classroom observations, and teacher reflections. Data analysis…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Risk, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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Mathis, Corey A.; Siverling, Emilie A.; Glancy, Aran W.; Moore, Tamara J. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2017
One of the fundamental practices identified in Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is argumentation, which has been researched in P-12 science education for the previous two decades but has yet to be studied within the context of P-12 engineering education. This research explores how elementary and middle school science teachers incorporated…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, STEM Education, Integrated Curriculum, Science Teachers
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Sengupta-Irving, Tesha; Mercado, Janet – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2017
While integrating engineering into science education is not new in the United States, technology and engineering have not been well emphasized in the preparation and professional development of science teachers. Recent science education reforms integrate science and engineering throughout K-12 education, making it imperative to explore the…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Science Education, Educational Change, Faculty Development
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Singer, Jonathan E.; Ross, Julia M.; Jackson-Lee, Yvette – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2016
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the U.S. is in transition. The recently published "A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas" as well as the "Next Generation Science Standards" are responsive to this call and clearly articulate a vision that…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, STEM Education
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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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Martin, Taylor; Peacock, Stephanie Baker; Ko, Pat; Rudolph, Jennifer J. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2015
Although the consensus seems to be that high-school-level introductory engineering courses should focus on design, this creates a problem for teacher training. Traditionally, math and science teachers are trained to teach and assess factual knowledge and closed-ended problem-solving techniques specific to a particular discipline, which is unsuited…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Faculty Development, Engineering, Engineering Education
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Dare, Emily A.; Ellis, Joshua A.; Roehrig, Gillian H. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2014
It is difficult to ignore the increased use of technological innovations in today's world, which has led to various calls for the integration of engineering into K-12 science standards. The need to understand how engineering is currently being brought to science classrooms is apparent and necessary in order to address these calls for integration.…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Physics, Engineering, Engineering Education
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Sun, Yan; Strobel, Johannes – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2013
Elementary engineering education (EEE) is an educational innovation. Using Rogers's innovation diffusion model, the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM), and Dreyfus's skill acquisition model as its theoretical frameworks, this study investigated elementary teachers' EEE adoption and EEE expertise development. Data of this study were collected…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Expertise, Elementary School Teachers, Interviews
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Donna, Joel D. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2012
Engineering design activities can help educators to apply concepts and processes from within and across STEM domains. To facilitate these connections, there is a need for sustained, job-embedded, and collegial professional development that brings together teachers from across STEM domains to engage in design-based activities. These activities can…
Descriptors: Models, Faculty Development, STEM Education, Engineering Education
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Klein-Gardner, Stacy S.; Johnston, Megan E.; Benson, Lisa – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2012
This phenomenological study examined the impact of Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) teacher-developed curriculum on teaching styles and strategies at two RET sites with common Legacy Cycle training. The study was conducted to assess and document program-specific and National Science Foundation (NSF) goals related to classroom practices and…
Descriptors: Phenomenology, Teacher Researchers, Curriculum Development, Teaching Styles
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Wang, Hui-Hui; Moore, Tamara J.; Roehrig, Gillian H.; Park, Mi Sun – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2011
To gain a better understanding of teachers' beliefs about, perceptions of, and classroom practices using STEM integration, a multi-case case study was conducted with three middle school teachers. These teachers were purposefully selected from a pool of teachers involved in a year-long professional development module on STEM integration to…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Case Studies, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods