June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Pre-College Engineering Education
English learners are a rapidly growing population in elementary schools—currently over 16% of children entering kindergarten are English learners. All students develop proficiency with knowledge and practices through meaningful engagement and authentic discourse. Our previous work with teachers of English learners surfaced that the opportunity to read, write, speak, listen, draw, and represent ideas as they engage in engineering activities can help English learners in a number of ways. This paper more systematically investigates these possibilities asking: What are the affordances of engineering for English learners at the elementary level? We identify ten affordances of engineering for English learners. Data from focus groups and surveys of teachers indicate that these are valid benefits. The study shows that engineering can provide important avenues for developing language and science and engineering knowledge while offering important possibilities for English learners to demonstrate their ideas, develop their identities, and connect with their classroom community.
Cunningham, C. M., & Kelly, G. J., & Meyer, N. (2019, June), Affordances of Engineering for Elementary-aged English Learners (Fundamental, Diversity) Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32048
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