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Curriculum Exchange: Transforming Teaching Through Implementing Inquiry

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Curriculum Exchange

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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26.435.1 - 26.435.4



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Aaron C. Clark North Carolina State University

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Dr. Aaron C. Clark is a Professor of Technology, Design, and Engineering Education within the College of Education and is the Director of Graduate Programs and Associate Department Chair for the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM). He received his B.S. and M.S. in Technology and earned his doctoral degree in Technology Education. Dr. Clark has worked in both industry and education, including administration at the community college and university levels. His teaching specialties are in visual theory and literacy, 3-D modeling, technical animation, and STEM-based pedagogy. Research areas include graphics education, game art and design, and scientific/technical visualization. Dr. Clark’s current research focus is on creating a national model for professional development for teachers in engineering, design and technical education that is interactive and leads towards national board certification. He has been and continues to be a Principle Investigator on a variety of funded research grants related to visualization and education and has dedicated his studies in areas related to STEM curricula integration. He currently consults to a variety of businesses, educational agencies and organizations.

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Jeremy V Ernst Virginia Tech

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Jeremy V. Ernst is an associate professor in the School of Education at Virginia Tech. He currently teaches graduate courses in STEM education foundations and contemporary issues in Integrative STEM Education. He is also a Fellow of the Institute for Creativity Arts and Technology at Virginia Tech. Jeremy specializes in research focused on dynamic intervention means for STEM education students categorized as at-risk of dropping out of school. He also has curriculum research and development experiences in technology, engineering, and design education.

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Vincent William DeLuca North Carolina State University

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V. William DeLuca, Ed.D. Dr. DeLuca taught middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate level technology education in his 30 year career as a teacher and researcher. He has extensive research and curriculum development experience in STEM disciplines. His research includes the study of thinking processes, teaching methods, and activities that improve technological problem-solving performance and creativity. He has expertise in developing technology and engineering education curriculum that integrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts. Dr. Deluca is Co-PI on NSF project Transforming Teaching through Implementing Inquiry (DRL 1118942). This project focuses on developing research-proven professional development resources that integrate teacher learning with assessment practice. The end product will constitute a professional development and research-proven cyber infrastructure for technology, engineering and design educators.

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Sharon Wensel Bowers Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Sharon Bowers is a doctoral student and graduate research assistant in Integrative STEM Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

She is also a Senior STEM educational specialist for the Center for Integrative STEM Education (CISE) at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). Sharon recently retired from Virginia Beach City Public schools after more than 30 years as a science educator. Her work with children earned her several honors, including recognition as a Secondary Science Presidential Award Winner for Virginia.

Sharon is developing and teaching five graduate courses for McDaniel College that will lead to a certificate in elementary STEM education and is a STEM androgogy consultant for Stevenson University.

Through her work with NIA, Sharon has developed resources that model best practice in the use of instructional technology to support 21st Century teaching and learning. Through partnerships with NASA and local school divisions, NIA has developed NIA Universe, a multi-user interactive, synchronous virtual world that brings together students, teachers, and experts for collaborative work. Sharon oversees the development and use of this emerging technology to support collaborative, inquiry-based instruction. She is the program manager for the NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff InWorld Challenge, a challenge that uses NIA Universe as a platform for collaborative design.

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Curriculum Exchange: Transforming Teaching through Implementing InquiryThe overall purpose of the Transforming Teaching through Implementing Inquiry(T2I2) project is to offer 7-12 Engineering and Technology Education teachersflexible and practical professional experiences that can immediately be applieddirectly into classroom instruction. The classroom practices are deployed withinthe STEM Center for Teaching and Learning’s Engineering by Design (EbD)national curriculum. In efforts to deepen conceptual STEM-based contentapplications, EbD materials were supplemented for utilization in the project’s pilottest. Mathematics and science target learner proficiencies were highlighted withinthe supplement to simultaneously promote applied STEM learning through anintegrative approach. The exchange includes a development model.

Clark, A. C., & Ernst, J. V., & DeLuca, V. W., & Bowers, S. W. (2015, June), Curriculum Exchange: Transforming Teaching Through Implementing Inquiry Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23774

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