June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
24.525.1 - 24.525.16
Enhancing STEM Awareness for Pre-Service Teachers: A Recruitment Initiative (Research to Practice)AbstractThe shortage of engineers in the United States has been the focus of numerous recent reports.Various studies have been undertaken to determine the primary factors that influence anindividual’s educational and career choices. Results from a recent Intel funded study showed alack of familiarity with the engineering field as one of the key barriers. This was consistent withthe findings in a 2005 study by Hirsch, Kimmel, Rockland, and Bloom, who stated that “One ofthe many reasons more students are not choosing to study engineering in college and pursuecareers in engineering is that they simply do not know what engineering is or what engineersdo.” Recognition of this has resulted in a growing movement to create awareness and intensifyoutreach efforts by engineering/STEM educational programs across the country. One potentialsolution is to train middle and high school teachers in STEM areas so that they can influenceyoung students. This seems promising since the majority of K-12 teachers have limited or notraining in engineering and the implementation of specialized programs or efforts is oftenprohibitive due to limited resources. This paper documents the activities and results of a Pre-Service Teacher Workshop at xxxxxx. The purpose of this workshop was to address the limitedknowledge of secondary teachers about engineering degrees and careers. Participants, forexample, were made aware of the difference between the Scientific Inquiry Method and theengineering design process and other concepts taught in college engineering courses. Fourteenparticipants successfully completed the workshop. The proposed paper will provide detailsabout the workshop, including the topics covered. Results of pre- and post- workshop surveyswill be also presented and discussed in the paper.
Bachnak, R., & Maldonado, S. C., & Pinzon, G. J., & Goonatilake, R. (2014, June), Enhancing STEM Awareness for Pre-Service Teachers: A Recruitment Initiative Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20417
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