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Lottero-Perdue, Pamela S.; Parry, Elizabeth A. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2017
This mixed methods study examines perspectives on failure in the classroom by elementary teachers new to teaching engineering. The study participants included 254 teachers in third, fourth, and fifth grade who responded to survey questions about failure, as well as a subset of 38 of those teachers who participated in interviews about failure. The…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Mixed Methods Research, Teaching Methods, Interviews
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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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Worsley, Marcelo; Blikstein, Paulo – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2016
"Making" represents an increasingly popular label for describing a form of engineering design. While making is growing in popularity, there are still open questions about the strategies that students are using in these activities. Assessing and improving learning in making/ engineering design contexts require that we have a better…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Secondary School Students, Engineering, Engineering Education
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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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Hammack, Rebekah; Ivey, Toni A.; Utley, Juliana; High, Karen A. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2015
Students' knowledge about a profession influences their future decisions about careers. Research indicates that students tend to hold stereotypical views of engineers, which would hinder engineering as a career choice. The purpose of this study was to measure how participating in a week long engineering summer camp affected middle school students'…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Middle School Students, Student Attitudes
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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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Carroll, Maureen P. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2014
This paper describes the journey of a group of university students as they worked with underserved middle school students as mentors in a STEM-based afterschool program. Design thinking provided a frame within which students learned how to be mentors, how to create user-centered learning experiences, and how to share their experiences as…
Descriptors: Mentors, Middle School Students, College Students, Disadvantaged Youth
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Montfort, Devlin B.; Brown, Shane; Whritenour, Victoria – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2013
Researchers have long been interested in how to recruit and retain more and more diverse students into engineering programs. One consistent challenge in this research is understanding the impacts of interventions from the point of view of the student, and how their preconceptions may influence that effectiveness. This study investigated how…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes
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Berland, Leema K.; Martin, Taylor H.; Ko, Pat; Peacock, Stephanie Baker; Rudolph, Jennifer J.; Golubski, Chris – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2013
In recent years, there has been a demand to teach engineering in high schools, particularly using a challenge-based curriculum. Many of these programs have the dual goals of teaching students the engineering design process (EDP), and teaching to deepen their understanding and ability to apply science and math concepts. Using both quantitative and…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis
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Hutchinson, Kelly; Bodner, George M.; Lynn, Bryan – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2011
Research has shown that an increase in students' interest in science and engineering can have a positive effect on their achievement (Baird, 1986; Eccles & Wigfield, 2002; French, Immekus & Oakes, 2005; Schiefele, Krapp, & Winteler, 1992; Schwartz Bloom & Haplin, 2003; Weinburgh, 1995). Whereas many NSF-funded programs in materials…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, High School Students, Student Interests, Scientific Concepts
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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