Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Pre-College Engineering Education
Many secondary-level science educators across America are now or will soon be required to address engineering curriculum in their science courses. This is in response to calls from the National Research Council and others to increase engineering exposure in K-12 settings. Science teachers in the 18 states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards are already expected to address the engineering themes and concepts that have been integrated into these standards. Though science educators may now be expected to teach engineering, few have any training in the field, and it is unknown whether or not they are already prepared to provide effective engineering instruction. Recent survey work in the state of Utah has investigated science teachers' perceptions of their preparedness to teach engineering. The results of this study indicate a spectrum of indicated preparedness. Building and extending upon that work, this research looks to investigate secondary science educators’ self-assessment of their preparedness to teach engineering. A new survey was developed to assess science educators’ confidence in integrating engineering content knowledge into their science classes. Specifically, the survey includes questions about confidence in basic engineering content knowledge areas from Statics, Strength of Materials, and Material Science. The survey also assessed the benefit educators thought professional development in engineering would provide to them as they develop engineering content for their classes. Completed survey responses were received from 338 secondary science teachers across 20 states, and analysis has been started to determine respondents’ readiness to address engineering content and their desire to participate in related professional development. The data indicate relatively low confidence in engineering content, but a widespread desire for professional development in this area.
Lopez, S. E., & Goodridge, W. H., & Becker, K. H. (2018, June), Interests and Needs of Secondary Science Educators Regarding Professional Development on Engineering Standards (Fundamental) Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30702
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