June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
23.59.1 - 23.59.9
A Large-scale Survey of K-12 Students about STEM: Implications for Engineering Curriculum Development and Outreach Efforts (Research to Practice)As part of a Southeast U.S. state-wide initiative to improve STEM education, a survey wasconducted of 12,800 students in grades 4 through 12 concerning their efficacy and attitudestowards STEM education and career paths. Students in this pool were enrolled in schoolsimplementing a broad range of STEM-related instructional initiatives. The results from the10,448 students responding to this survey (82% response rate) provides valuable information forthose planning or conducting K-12 engineering outreach efforts or developing curricularmaterials for use in the classroom. Results of the survey confirm ongoing concerns by theengineering education community about the divide between male and female students and theirorientation towards engineering degree and career paths. Girls had significantly lower responsesregarding attitudes towards engineering and technology related learning topics. While girls andboys were similar in their general interest in STEM-related careers, girls had less interest inpursuing engineering-related ones. These differences were not seen when looking across under-represented groups when analyzed by race or ethnicity. Also of interest to groups providingSTEM-enrichment activities for students: four of the five top career tracks chosen by studentshave no established K-12 curriculum, including engineering. Finally, overall interest in STEM-related career paths steadily declined from the upper elementary years, through middle school,and into high school. This presentation will focus on interpreting the findings of this large-scalesurvey with regards to how engineering education curriculum developers and outreach providersmight use this data to inform the design of their interventions and how the survey instrumentsadministered in this study can be used to inform the efficacy of their efforts.
Wiebe, E. N., & Faber, M., & Corn, J., & Collins, T. L., & Unfried, A., & Townsend, L. (2013, June), A Large-scale Survey of K-12 Students about STEM: Implications for Engineering Curriculum Development and Outreach Efforts (Research to Practice) Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19073
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