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Increasing student awareness of and interest in engineering as a career option through design-based learning

Reynolds, B and Mehalik, MM and Lovell, MR and Schunn, CD (2009) Increasing student awareness of and interest in engineering as a career option through design-based learning. International Journal of Engineering Education, 25 (4). 788 - 798. ISSN 0949-149X

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This paper describes a rigorous summer research experience and curriculum development opportunity for teachers, supported by professional development and classroom support, culminating with a citywide student design competition. The goal of this Research Experience for Teachers program was to bring real world innovative design into several urban, high school classrooms. The 8-week summer program comprised an engineering component and a learning science component. The goal of the engineering component was to provide an authentic research experience. Teams of 2-3 teachers were paired with a researcher in a school of engineering to further ongoing research of a product realization project. The goal of the learning science component was to scaffold teachers to develop a design-based immersion unit that they would implement in their science classrooms. Teams were organized by their content areas and provided professional development at a learning research center around relevant curriculum development strategies. This paper presents results related to common sets of knowledge and skills that teachers learned from both engineering design and learning science from the cohorts of teachers over the last three years. Findings include documentation of implementation success, changes of teachers' and students' beliefs about engineering and increases in student interest in engineering careers. © 2009 TEMPUS Publicatìons.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Reynolds, Bbirdy@pitt.eduBIRDY
Mehalik, MM
Lovell, MR
Schunn, CDschunn@pitt.eduSCHUNN0000-0003-3589-297X
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Learning Research & Development Center
Date: 14 September 2009
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Engineering Education
Volume: 25
Number: 4
Page Range: 788 - 798
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0949-149X
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2014 19:45
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 16:56


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