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Gale, Jessica; Koval, Jayma; Ryan, Mike; Usselman, Marion; Wind, Stefanie – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2018
With the inclusion of engineering disciplinary core ideas (DCIs), the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) position engineering as a new priority in K-12 science classrooms. This paper reports findings from the implementation of SLIDER, a problem-based learning 8th grade physical science curriculum that integrates engineering and physical…
Descriptors: Engineering, Middle School Students, Problem Based Learning, Grade 8
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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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Ing, Marsha; Aschbacher, Pamela R.; Tsai, Sherry M. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2014
This longitudinal study analyzes survey responses in seventh, eighth, and ninth grade from diverse public school students (n = 482) to explore gender differences in engineering and science career preferences. Females were far more likely to express interest in a science career (31%) than an engineering career (13%), while the reverse was true for…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Middle School Students, Student Interests, Engineering
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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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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