Asee peer logo

Creating A Course In Engineering Problem Solving For Future Teachers

Download Paper |


2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

Publication Date

June 18, 2000

Start Date

June 18, 2000

End Date

June 21, 2000



Page Count


Page Numbers

5.176.1 - 5.176.7



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

William M. Jordan

author page

Debbie Silver

author page

Bill B. Elmore

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Session 2793

Creating a Course in Engineering Problem Solving for Future Teachers

William Jordan, Bill Elmore, Debbie Silver Louisiana Tech University


The health of science and engineering tomorrow depends on improved mathematics and science preparation and problem solving skills of our students today. One cannot expect world-class learning of science, mathematics, and problem solving techniques by students if U.S. teachers lack the confidence, enthusiasm, and knowledge to deliver world-class instruction 1. One way to improve K-12 science education is to improve current knowledge and preparation of the future teachers themselves. This project moves toward that end.

Louisiana Tech University’s undergraduate engineering program has been significantly modified during the past two years. Emphasis has been placed on creating an integrated (college-wide) program for freshmen and sophomores. A key part of this program is a three- course sequence in the freshman year that largely deals with engineering problem solving.

It is our belief that part of the problem with K-12 science education is that teachers do not know how to relate the science they are teaching to real world experiences. To deal with that issue, we incorporated what we have learned in developing our freshman engineering course sequence as a basis to create a new three-hour course in engineering problem solving. This course is specifically designed for education majors. They are shown how to solve real world engineering problems and how to teach such subject matter to their own future students. In this course we model innovative teaching techniques as well as provide mathematics, science, engineering, technological and problem solving experiences for the students.

I. Introduction

The health of science and engineering tomorrow depends on improved mathematics and science preparation of our students today. The national interest is now a national imperative. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has stated in regard to declining performance among our nation’s K–12 students that the construction of knowledge about teaching and learning is evolving faster than institutions and bureaucracies can respond. NSF recognizes that science teachers exercise key roles in implementing effective reforms. It is, therefore, imperative that institutions of higher learning ensure that science teaching methods for preservice teachers be specifically related to the teaching/learning process as it applies to science. Experiences should be planned collaboratively with professional practitioners in the fields of education, science education, mathematics, engineering, technology and science. Included should be a myriad of problem solving techniques combined with information and technology that have applications

Jordan, W. M., & Silver, D., & Elmore, B. B. (2000, June), Creating A Course In Engineering Problem Solving For Future Teachers Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8246

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2000 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015