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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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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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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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Schnittka, Jessica; Schnittka, Christine – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2016
The 21st century has brought an increasing demand for expertise in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Although strides have been made towards increasing gender diversity in several of these disciplines, engineering remains primarily male dominated. In response, the U.S. educational system has attempted to make engineering…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Group Dynamics, Active Learning, Student Projects
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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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Godwin, Allison; Sonnert, Gerhard; Sadler, Philip M. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2016
Participation from a variety of students is important to the long-term growth of the engineering field. Much of the research on engineering recruitment or career choice has focused on engineering as a whole, even though engineering disciplines are varied in student participation and focus. This work examines how students' out-of-school interests…
Descriptors: Student Interests, High School Students, Student Experience, Career Choice
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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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Martin, Lee – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2015
The Maker Movement is a community of hobbyists, tinkerers, engineers, hackers, and artists who creatively design and build projects for both playful and useful ends. There is growing interest among educators in bringing making into K-12 education to enhance opportunities to engage in the practices of engineering, specifically, and STEM more…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Design, STEM Education, Engineering
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Reimers, Jackson E.; Farmer, Cheryl L.; Klein-Gardner, Stacy S. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2015
The past 30 years have yielded a mature body of research regarding effective professional development for teachers of science and mathematics, leading to a robust selection of professional development programs for these teachers. The current emphasis on connections among science, technology, engineering, and mathematics underscores the need for…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Science Teachers, Professional Development, Standards
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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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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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Martin, Taylor; Peacock, Stephanie Baker; Ko, Pat; Rudolph, Jennifer J. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2015
Although the consensus seems to be that high-school-level introductory engineering courses should focus on design, this creates a problem for teacher training. Traditionally, math and science teachers are trained to teach and assess factual knowledge and closed-ended problem-solving techniques specific to a particular discipline, which is unsuited…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Faculty Development, Engineering, Engineering Education
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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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