June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies
NSF Grantees Poster Session
24.242.1 - 24.242.5
Building Capacity for Preparing Teacher-Engineers for 21st Century EngineeringIn partnership with colleges of education and science, an engineering college has funding fromthe National Science Foundation to build capacity for successful implementation of anundergraduate program in engineering to produce effective and knowledgeable teacher-engineerswho understand current knowledge of how people learn and who implement pedagogicalapproaches using this understanding.The following goals will achieve this overarching goal: Goal 1: Build the infrastructure for producing effective and knowledgeable teacher- engineers who will teach in K-12 settings. Goal 2: Strengthen partnerships among the university colleges and local school districts to support successful development of teacher-engineers.The program re-designs engineering course curricula with an aim of coupling these re-designedcourses with existing education courses to eventually be integrated with field experiences in K-12 classrooms. Collectively these infuse a practice-based approach to learning to produceteacher-engineers who understand in deep ways the pedagogical and technical content ofteaching, learning, and engineering.The project builds a unique infrastructure incorporating inquiry-based learning both in theoryand in practice. This research-based learning theory deepens students’ conceptual understandingas they explore and make sense of phenomena on their own terms. Relevant education coursesprovide the theoretical underpinnings of inquiry teaching and learning, and the re-design ofengineering course curricula from traditional lecture to problem-based learning (a form ofinquiry) provides the practice of the theory. This theory-informs-practice model provides futureteacher-engineers with the knowledge and experience to teach in such a manner that bothengages K-12 students in their learning and exciting them about engineering as a career option.
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