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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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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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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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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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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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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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Van Haneghan, James P.; Pruet, Susan A.; Neal-Waltman, Rhonda; Harlan, Jessica M. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2015
The present study examines middle school teachers' beliefs about seven learning outcomes related to a project that involves developing and examining the effects of a set of engineering design modules constructed for use by middle school math and science teachers. Overall, the teachers involved in the intervention appear to believe they have the…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Engineering Education
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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
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Stohlmann, Micah; Moore, Tamara J.; Roehrig, Gillian H. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2012
Quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education is vital for the future success of students. Integrated STEM education is one way to make learning more connected and relevant for students. There is a need for further research and discussion on the knowledge, experiences, and background that teachers need to effectively…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Partnerships in Education, Middle Schools
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Schnittka, Christine G. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2012
Currently, unless a K-12 student elects to enroll in technology-focused schools or classes, exposure to engineering design and habits of mind is minimal. However, the "Framework for K-12 Science Education," published by the National Research Council in 2011, includes engineering design as a new and major component of the science content…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Track System (Education), Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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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