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Curriculum Design Principles for Equity in Engineering (Fundamental, Diversity)

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

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June 29, 2022

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PCEE Session 13: Equity in P-12 Engineering Education

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Christine Cunningham Pennsylvania State University


Gregory Kelly Pennsylvania State University

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Dr. Gregory Kelly is Senior Associate Dean for Research and Distinguished Professor at the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University. His research investigates classroom discourse, epistemology, and science learning. Recent work examines epistemic practices in science and engineering education. Greg is a member of the National Academy of Education. He received the research awards including the Dr. John J. Gumperz Memorial Award for Distinguished Lifetime Scholarship from the American Educational Research Association and the Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award from NARST. Greg holds joint B.S. in physics from the State University of New York at Albany and a Ph.D. in Education from Cornell University.

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Educational environments in which all youth flourish are designed intentionally. In this paper, we address the societally important issue of developing a more equitable approach to preK-12 engineering education, with emphasis on K-8 grades—a time when first impressions of engineering may be developed. Calls for increased participation by all students, including those who have been historically marginalized, motivate the need for theoretically grounded ways of developing and assessing educational programs [1]. This paper draws from sociocultural learning theory and applies four theoretical and empirical analyses to derive design principles for equity that can inform curriculum, instruction, and assessment of preK-12 engineering education programs. We present a model for equity-oriented preK-12 engineering learning and delineate its dimensions and principles, illustrating each with examples and discussing ways of implementing equity-oriented engineering programs.

Cunningham, C., & Kelly, G. (2022, August), Curriculum Design Principles for Equity in Engineering (Fundamental, Diversity) Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

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