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June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
June 26, 2021
Community Engagement Division
Two regional universities are engaged in a new collaborative NSF Research Experience for Teachers project that has an emphasis on international engineering research thematically focused on human-centered design and appropriate technology for developing countries. This three year project will engage 36 G6-12 in-service and pre-service teachers in a variety of engineering research opportunities through one of the university’s engineering community engaged learning center. In the fall of each year, 12 teachers will be recruited into the year-long research program which includes 2 months of on-site summer work and an additional 2.5 months of programming throughout the year. From January to April, teachers will participate in a series of orientation activities where they will meet their faculty mentors, be introduced to their research projects that connect to the community engaged learning center, learn about appropriate technology and human-centered design, travel safety and the community to which they will be traveling. The community engaged learning center, which has provided service-learning experiences through technical immersions for more than 15 years, will coordinate participant travel. Prior to their international immersion, the teachers will engage in research with their faculty mentor part time during the school year. Throughout June and July, teachers will conduct campus-based research as well as engage in a related project with an international partner in a 2-4 week international placement. Upon their return, the teachers will continue to engage with this project and their international partners using institutional research facilities and virtual communication technology. Teachers will participate in an intensive, affinity structured and team-based curriculum development program for two weeks, where they will develop lessons using the TeachEngineering format under the guidance of a curriculum coach. The follow-up program will include lesson piloting and publishing, continued research, a retreat and closing presentation and celebration. Lessons will be piloted, edited and published during the fall of the following year. Currently, this project is recruiting its first cohort of teachers. This paper will summarize the recruitment strategy, present observations from the spring participant sessions, and discuss the unique opportunities and challenges associated with involving teachers in international community engaged learning.
Pinnell, M., & Schneider, K., & Petry, L., & Franco, M. S., & Daniels, M. W., & Anderson, A., & Langston, M., & Shepherd, M., & Mock, M. (2020, June), Work in Progress: Involving Teachers in International Community Engaged Learning Projects to Enhance their Understanding of Engineering and Intercultural Awareness Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35664
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