Middle school students' conceptions of engineering

Michelle Jordan, Jan Snyder

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Abstract

This study investigated middle school students' conceptions of engineering. Participants were sixth through eighth grade members of afterschool engineering clubs. Thus, the study contributes to understanding middle school students' knowledge of engineering, and also to how afterschool activities shape students' conceptions of engineering. Researchers have increasingly attended to students' perceptions of themselves as engineers, and their attitudes towards engineering majors and careers. However, little research has investigated middle school students' conceptions of engineering-what engineering is and what engineers do. The purpose of this study was to understand how middle school students who join afterschool engineering clubs conceptualize engineering and how engineering afterschool club experiences influence students' conceptions of engineering. The results of our study indicate that many participants had limited conceptions of engineering and suggest a need to connect design activities with knowledge of engineering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Pages1945-1950
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event43rd IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2013 - Oklahoma City, OK, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2013Oct 26 2013

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Other43rd IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2013
CountryUnited States
CityOklahoma City, OK
Period10/23/1310/26/13

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Keywords

  • Conceptions of engineering
  • K-12 engineering education
  • Middle grades
  • Middle school

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  • Computer Science Applications
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  • Education

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Jordan, M., & Snyder, J. (2013). Middle school students' conceptions of engineering. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE (pp. 1945-1950). [6685174] https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2013.6685174

Middle school students' conceptions of engineering. / Jordan, Michelle; Snyder, Jan.

Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. 2013. p. 1945-1950 6685174.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Jordan, M & Snyder, J 2013, Middle school students' conceptions of engineering. in Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE., 6685174, pp. 1945-1950, 43rd IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2013, Oklahoma City, OK, United States, 10/23/13. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2013.6685174
Jordan M, Snyder J. Middle school students' conceptions of engineering. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. 2013. p. 1945-1950. 6685174 https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2013.6685174
Jordan, Michelle ; Snyder, Jan. / Middle school students' conceptions of engineering. Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. 2013. pp. 1945-1950
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