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Selcen Guzey, S.; Harwell, Michael; Moreno, Mario; Peralta, Yadira; Moore, Tamara J. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2017
The new science education reform documents call for integration of engineering into K-12 science classes. Engineering design and practices are new to most science teachers, meaning that implementing effective engineering instruction is likely to be challenging. This quasi-experimental study explored the influence of teacher-developed, engineering…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Change, Engineering Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Moreno, Nancy P.; Tharp, Barbara Z.; Vogt, Gregory; Newell, Alana D.; Burnett, Christopher A. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2016
The middle school years are a crucial time for cultivating students' interest in and preparedness for future STEM careers. However, not all middle school children are provided opportunities to engage, learn and achieve in STEM subject areas. Engineering, in particular, is neglected in these grades because it usually is not part of science or…
Descriptors: After School Programs, STEM Education, Middle School Students, Student Interests
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Zheng, Binbin; Warschauer, Mark; Hwang, Jin Kyoung; Collins, Penelope – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2014
This year-long, quasi-experimental study investigated the impact of the use of netbook computers and interactive science software on fifth-grade students' science learning processes, academic achievement, and interest in further science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) study within a linguistically diverse school district in…
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, Grade 5, Elementary School Science, Science Instruction