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Phelan, Julia; Ing, Marsha; Nylund-Gibson, Karen; Brown, Richard S. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
This study extends current research by organizing information about students' expectancy-value achievement motivation, in a way that helps parents and teachers identify specific entry points to encourage and support students' science aspirations. This study uses latent class analysis to describe underlying differences in ability beliefs, task…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Science Instruction, Middle School Students, Multivariate Analysis
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Bowen, Bradley; DeLuca, William – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
Many engineering and technology education classrooms incorporate simulation modeling as part of curricula to teach engineering and STEM-based concepts. The traditional method of the learning process has students first learn the content from the classroom teacher and then may have the opportunity to apply the learned content through simulation…
Descriptors: Sequential Approach, Conventional Instruction, Teaching Methods, Intermode Differences
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Guzey, Siddika Selcen; Nyachwaya, James; Moore, Tamara J.; Roehrig, Gillian H. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2014
A wind energy focused curriculum for grades 4-8 was designed and implemented to promote the understanding of wind energy concepts with American Indian students. 57 students who participated in the 2009 summer program of the "Reach for the Sky" (RFTS) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) received the curriculum. The…
Descriptors: Energy Conservation, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Chung, C. J. ChanJin; Cartwright, Christopher; Cole, Matthew – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2014
Robotics competitions for K-12 students are popular, but are students really learning and improving their STEM scores through robotics competitions? If not, why not? If they are, how much more effective is learning through competitions than traditional classes? Is there room for improvement? What is the best robotics competition model to maximize…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Robotics, Competition, Teaching Methods
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Nadelson, Louis S.; Callahan, Janet M. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2011
There is continued growth and development of outreach programs designed to increase pre-college students' awareness and understanding of engineering as a profession and as a career. These outreach programs vary in format and in the groups targeted for participation, but maintain the same fundamental goal of increasing participant knowledge of…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Outreach Programs, Engineering Education, Adolescents