Not just for nerds: Embedding science activities within a Design, Engineering, and Technology (DET) environment

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

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Abstract

Design, Engineering, and Technology (DET) holds the promise of interesting students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers and developing a better understanding of STEM in their own lives. However, the current K-12 curriculum devotes little time to DET concepts despite their being addressed in the National Science Education Standards. This paper presents data from a DET course developed for science education graduate students which uses the existing curriculum for introducing DET into the classroom. Data from lesson plans, weekly reflections on readings, trial activities in K-12 classrooms, and focus groups tracked changes in understanding DET and the ability to embed DET into existing science activities. Data was coded using qualitative techniques and a rubric with six categories (engineering as a design process, gender and diversity, social relevance of engineering, technical self-efficacy, tinkering self-efficacy, and transfer to the classroom) that measured achievement of course goals. Understanding and progression of metacognition was linked to instructional activities and readings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Volume2
StatePublished - 2004
Event34th Annual Frontiers in Education: Expanding Educational Opportunities Through Partnerships and Distance Learning - Conference Proceedings, FIE - Savannah, GA, United States
Duration: Oct 20 2004Oct 23 2004

Other

Other34th Annual Frontiers in Education: Expanding Educational Opportunities Through Partnerships and Distance Learning - Conference Proceedings, FIE
CountryUnited States
CitySavannah, GA
Period10/20/0410/23/04

Keywords

  • Design process
  • K-12 curriculum
  • Metacognition
  • Rubric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Baker, D., Yasar, S., Kurpius, S., Krause, S., & Roberts, C. (2004). Not just for nerds: Embedding science activities within a Design, Engineering, and Technology (DET) environment. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE (Vol. 2)