June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
NSF Grantees Poster Session
TeachEngineering (TeachEngineering.org) is a free, NSF-funded digital library of over 1500 hands-on K-12 engineering lessons and activities. As the disseminator of original, standards-aligned K-12 engineering curricula from more than 40 different NSF engineering grantees, the collection was accessed by over 3.2M unique users last year, realizing >19% annual growth. TeachEngineering also provides professional development opportunities to NSF-funded Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs through interactive online seminars. The seminars introduce the K-12 RET teachers to the collection of engineering curricular resources and prepare them for the submission-to-publication process for their own classroom-tested engineering curricula. Seeking to ascertain the impact of the TeachEngineering digital library and outreach initiatives, in Fall 2016 survey results from three teacher populations were sought and analyzed. The surveys probed self-reported differentials in 1) teachers’ confidence in teaching engineering concepts and 2) changes in their teaching practices as a result of exposure to (and experiences with) K-12 engineering education resources and outreach opportunities. The survey results suggest that the TeachEngineering resources and outreach boost teachers’ confidence in their own use of engineering thinking and pedagogy in K-12 classrooms. Additionally, the TeachEngineering resources both impact their subsequent teaching practices, and increase teachers’ likelihood of teaching engineering in their classroom in the future. The results also point out the need for broader exposure to the curricular resources dozens of NSF grantees have created over the past decade, thereby capitalizing on NSF’s sunk investment and on the authors wide-ranging applications of engineering pertinent to K-12 learning. The results suggest that broadening teachers’ exposure is a critical element to broadening classroom impact of K-12 design thinking and pedagogy.
Forbes, M. H., & Sullivan, J. F., & Carlson, D. W. (2017, June), Board # 39 : Discovering the TeachEngineering Digital Library Classroom Impact Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27844
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