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K-5 Teachers' Perceptions of Engineering Education and Perceived Barriers to Teaching Engineering

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, & Self-efficacy

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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Rebekah J. Hammack Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program Orcid 16x16

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Rebekah Hammack holds a BS in Animal Science from The Ohio State University, a MS in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University, and a PhD in Science Education from Oklahoma State University. Rebekah currently serves as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings at the National Science Foundation and will join the faculty at Montana State University at the completion of her fellowship. She has spent the past 12 years teaching secondary science and engineering in Oklahoma, and is a 2014 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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The Next Generation Science Standards call for the infusion of engineering content and practices within elementary science curriculum. This mixed methods study explored elementary teachers’ perceptions about incorporating engineering within K-5 classrooms as well as the barriers they perceive to doing so. Results indicated that most elementary teachers support the inclusion of engineering within the science standards for elementary grades. Teachers describe lack of preservice and in-service training, lack of background knowledge, lack of materials, lack of time for planning and implementing lessons, and lack of administrative support as barriers to implementing engineering activities within their classrooms.

Hammack, R. J. (2018, June), K-5 Teachers' Perceptions of Engineering Education and Perceived Barriers to Teaching Engineering Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30744

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