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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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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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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