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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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Chu, Lawrence; Sampson, Victor; Hutner, Todd L.; Rivale, Stephanie; Crawford, Richard H. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2019
The goal of this study was to examine how the use of a new instructional model is related to changes in middle school students' engineering identity. The intent of this instructional model, which is called argument-driven engineering (ADE), is to give students opportunities to design and critique solutions to meaningful problems using the core…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Middle School Students, Engineering Education, Problem Based Learning
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Lammi, Matthew; Denson, Cameron; Asunda, Paul – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2018
Engineering design activities offer the promise of enhanced learning and teaching in pre-college science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) settings. The wide variation and lack of coherence in research and practice concerning pre-college engineering design challenges necessitates an investigation of the literature. The overarching…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Engineering Education, Design, STEM Education
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Martinez Ortiz, Araceli; Rodriguez Amaya, Laura; Kawaguchi Warshauer, Hiroko; Garcia Torres, Sara; Scanlon, Erin; Pruett, Michelle – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2018
Early exposure to engineering and mathematics career opportunities has been indicated to influence students' decisions regarding their academic majors and career goals. This study utilized mixed methods to analyze how changes in middle school students' affective characteristics might be linked to their future career decision-making, following…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Engineering, Middle School Students, Hispanic American Students
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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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Zarske, Malinda S.; Vadeen, Maia L.; Tsai, Janet Y.; Sullivan, Jacquelyn F.; Carlson, Denise W. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2017
Today's college-aged students are graduating into a world that relies on multidisciplinary talents to succeed. Engineering college majors are more likely to find jobs after college that are outside of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, including jobs in healthcare, management, and social services. A survey of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Engineering Education, Teacher Certification, Teacher Attitudes
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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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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
Blanchard, Sarah; Judy, Justina; Muller, Chandra; Crawford, Richard H.; Petrosino, Anthony J.; Christina K. White,; Lin, Fu-An; Wood, Kristin L. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2015
"Beyond Blackboards" is an inquiry-centered, after-school program designed to enhance middle school students' engagement with engineering through design-based experiences focused on the 21st Century Engineering Challenges. Set within a predominantly lowincome, majority-minority community, our study aims to investigate the impact of…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Learner Engagement, Disproportionate Representation
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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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Hynes, Morgan; Swenson, Jessica – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2013
Mathematics and science knowledge/skills are most commonly associated with engineering's pre-requisite knowledge. Our goals in this paper are to argue for a more systematic inclusion of social science and humanities knowledge in the introduction of engineering to K-12 students. As part of this argument, we present a construct for framing the…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Student Attitudes, Humanities, Social Sciences
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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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Skorinko, Jeanine L.; Doyle, James K.; Tryggvason, Gretar – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2012
It has long been recognized that engineers need a variety of skills, including technical and social, to succeed professionally. Attempts to include social skills (i.e., communication, teamwork, and leadership) in engineering education are relatively recent (i.e., within the last decade). Thus, the current study investigates whether social goals…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Outcomes of Education, Engineering Education, Robotics
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Weber, Nicole; Duncan, Daphne; Dyehouse, Melissa; Strobel, Johannes; Diefes-Dux, Heidi A. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2011
The Draw an Engineer Test (DAET) is a common measure of students' perceptions of engineers. The coding systems currently used for K-12 research are general rubrics or checklists to capture the images presented in the drawing, which leave out some of the richness of students' perceptions, currently only captured with an accompanying student…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Engineering, Freehand Drawing