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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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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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Veety, Elena N.; Sur, Jesse S.; Elliot, Hannah K.; Lamberth, James E., III. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2018
The Wearable Device Challenge was developed at the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST). The Challenge is rooted in the research and innovation ecosystem of the Center and its vision: to have a transformational impact on the way doctors and patients manage…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Design, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Cloutier, Aimee; Yew, Guo Zheng; Gupta, Siddhartha; Dissanayake, Kalpani; Monaco, Paula – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2018
The importance of reducing the gender gap in engineering programs by recruiting and retaining female students is well recognized. Although women hold roughly half of all jobs in the United States, only 24% of STEM jobs are occupied by women. The problem is even more pronounced for engineering, where women held about 12% of jobs as of 2013 (Corbett…
Descriptors: Females, High School Students, STEM Education, Summer Programs
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Verdín, Dina; Godwin, Allison; Ross, Monique – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2018
Educational researchers have explored the importance of performance, recognition, and interest in establishing and maintaining a STEM identity. Research has also demonstrated that the ways students describe themselves and how they participate in STEM communities can provide insight into their role identity salience; however, there has been little…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Role, Student Attitudes, Identification (Psychology)
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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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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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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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Godwin, Allison; Sonnert, Gerhard; Sadler, Philip M. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2016
Participation from a variety of students is important to the long-term growth of the engineering field. Much of the research on engineering recruitment or career choice has focused on engineering as a whole, even though engineering disciplines are varied in student participation and focus. This work examines how students' out-of-school interests…
Descriptors: Student Interests, High School Students, Student Experience, Career Choice
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Valtorta, Clara G.; Berland, Leema K. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2015
Engineering in K-12 classrooms has been receiving expanding emphasis in the United States. The integration of science, mathematics, and engineering is a benefit and goal of K-12 engineering; however, current empirical research on the efficacy of K-12 science, mathematics, and engineering integration is limited. This study adds to this growing…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Engineering Education, Secondary Education, High School Students
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Mentzer, Nathan; Fosmire, Michael J. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2015
This study measured the information gathering behaviors of high school students who had taken engineering design courses as they solved a design problem. The authors investigated what types of information students accessed, its quality, when it was accessed during the students' process, and if it impacted their thinking during the activity.…
Descriptors: High School Students, User Needs (Information), Engineering Technology, Design
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Mentzer, Nathan – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2014
Developing solutions to engineering design problems requires access to information. Research has shown that appropriately accessing and using information in the design process improves solution quality. This quasi-experimental study provides two groups of high school students with a design problem in a three hour design experience. One group has…
Descriptors: High School Students, Access to Information, Internet, Engineering
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Santoso, Harry B.; Lawanto, Oenardi; Becker, Kurt; Fang, Ning; Reeve, Edward M. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2014
The purpose of this research was to investigate high school students' computer self-efficacy (CSE) and learning behavior in a self-regulated learning (SRL) framework while utilizing an interactive learning module. The researcher hypothesizes that CSE is reflected on cognitive actions and metacognitive strategies while the students are engaged with…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, High School Students, Self Control, Educational Environment
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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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Berland, Leema K. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2013
We are increasingly seeing an emphasis on STEM integration in high school classrooms such that students will learn and apply relevant math and science content while simultaneously developing engineering habits of mind. However, research in both science education and engineering education suggests that this goal of truly integrating STEM is rife…
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Curriculum Design, Instructional Design, STEM Education
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