Navigating rugged terrain: Barriers and benefits to implementing an elective engineering design course in a high school setting

Stephen Krause, Chell Roberts, Dale Baker, Senay Yasar, Sibel Uysal, Sharon Kurpius

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Abstract

A team of engineering and education faculty and science education graduate students partnered with a local high school to implement an engineering design course. Course objectives included: learning to apply the engineering design methodology, acquiring and using basic engineering skills and tools, and understanding and valuing engineering as a career and a profession. The objectives were generally not achieved due to a variety of barriers related to the class. These included: varying maturity levels of students due to mixed age groups; lack of diversity; need for enhanced structuring of classes; inappropriate placement of students in engineering classes by guidance counselors; issues of materials management; inadequate application of science and math in design and problem solving; and the level of difficulty of course books. The nature of these barriers is discussed along with implications for teaching engineering design in high school. Recommendations for improvements to fulfill course objectives and achieve learning outcomes are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education, 35th Annual Conference
Subtitle of host publicationPedagogies and Technologies for the Emerging Global Economy, FIE'05
PagesS2F-15-S2F-20
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
EventFrontiers in Education - 35th Annual Conference 2005, FIE' 05 - Indianapolis, IN, United States
Duration: Oct 19 2005Oct 22 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Volume2005
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Other

OtherFrontiers in Education - 35th Annual Conference 2005, FIE' 05
CountryUnited States
CityIndianapolis, IN
Period10/19/0510/22/05

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Keywords

  • Diversity
  • Engineering design process
  • Guidance counselors
  • High school outreach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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Krause, S., Roberts, C., Baker, D., Yasar, S., Uysal, S., & Kurpius, S. (2005). Navigating rugged terrain: Barriers and benefits to implementing an elective engineering design course in a high school setting. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education, 35th Annual Conference: Pedagogies and Technologies for the Emerging Global Economy, FIE'05 (pp. S2F-15-S2F-20). [1612234] (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE; Vol. 2005).