Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Pre-College Engineering Education
The Engineering Place at North Carolina State University has hosted engineering summer camps in various forms for nearly twenty years. The design of these camps employs K-12 teachers in partnership with University faculty and staff engineers, undergraduate engineering students, and high school students for several reasons; K-12 Teachers are invaluable for their professional skills in classroom facilitation, instruction, and management and the opportunity to provide engineering educational information indirectly to another group of students, the teacher’s classroom students. However, the program also hypothesized that teacher's participation in these camps might have longer-term influence on their classroom practice and attitudes toward STEM teaching. This paper reports on the results of a survey sent to past teacher-participants in which they were asked to self-report about their experience of receiving training on engineering educational concepts and then applying what they learned while participating in our engineering summer camps, and the impact that had on their subsequent behavior. These surveys build upon previous participant assessments at our organization and work by Sun and Strobel on the Elementary Engineering Education Adoption and Expertise Development Framework. Follow-up interviews and classroom visits were used to provide observational and narrative accounts, and further explore and explicate these impacts on individual teachers. Our expectation is that through this experience there has been a positive impact on the teachers’ understanding of the meaning and scope of engineering, an improvement in their confidence to try new concepts in their classrooms, and an incorporation of engineering habits of mind into their overall course curriculum.
Kendall, A. L. M., & Bottomley, L., & D'Amico, S. B. (2018, June), A Study of the Attitudes and Practices of K-12 Classroom Teachers who Participated in Engineering Summer Camps (Evaluation) Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29727
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