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Engineering Perspectives of Grade Seven Students

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Middle School Engineering Programs, Curriculum, and Evaluation

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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22.601.1 - 22.601.14



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Mary Elizabeth Spencer Queen's University


David S. Strong Queen's University

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Professor David S. Strong has held the NSERC Chair in Design Engineering since joining Queen's University in 2003. His previous experience includes 22 years in the private sector in research, development, and manufacturing with three companies spanning the metals, biomedical, and consumer products industries.

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Engineering Perspectives of Grade 7 Students in CanadaMany high school students are unable to consider engineering as an undergraduate program ofstudy because they do not have the prerequisite courses required for university entrance. In orderto provide the opportunity for capable students to pursue an engineering degree and subsequentlyenter the engineering profession, they must understand what engineering is prior to entering highschool to enable them to select appropriate courses.The focus of this study is to understand how students in 7th grade perceive the profession ofengineering in three regions across Canada. The literature suggests that modest action isunderway in some areas of the United States in order to create awareness and encourage studentsto pursue an engineering program. These initiatives range from integrating engineering conceptsinto the K-12 curriculum to providing outreach and design challenge opportunities outside ofschool. Such initiatives are present in very isolated cases within Canada, however, their reachand impact is limited. In order to better understand the perspective of pre-high school students in Canada, they will beprovided with a survey incorporating a variety of questions pertaining to what they understandabout engineering as a profession. All questions have been structured as open ended in order topromote individualized answers from the students. Survey questions will be analyzed withNVIVO software to determine if there are common themes in the understanding and perceptionof engineering from the students’ perspective. Observations and emerging trends of this work inprogress will be presented in the final paper.

Spencer, M. E., & Strong, D. S. (2011, June), Engineering Perspectives of Grade Seven Students Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17882

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