Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Campus Units

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Education, School of, Mathematics, Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

9-2017

Journal or Book Title

Science and Children

Volume

55

Issue

1

First Page

74

Last Page

79

Abstract

Few elementary teachers have experience with implementing engineering into the classroom. While engineering professional development opportunities for inservice teachers are becoming more numerous, engineering education is rarely required or even offered in elementary teacher-preparation programs (O'Brien et al. 2014). To prepare future elementary teachers to teach engineering, a collaborative partnership was formed between professors in Iowa State University's College of Engineering (CoE) and School of Education (SoE). The partnership included teacher education faculty in science and mathematics education and three engineering faculty who provided perspectives on content, knowledge, and skills foundational to engineering. Members of the partnership worked together to co-plan and co-implement engineering experiences across a teacher education program. These experiences included building engineering content knowledge through a Saturday short course, inclusion of engineering in methods courses, and a summer workshop that preceded a partnership with an engineering graduate student. This article describes the Saturday short course provided to prospective elementary teachers by three members of the engineering faculty and two from the teacher education faculty.

Comments

This article is published as Tank, Kristina M., D. Raj Raman, Monica H. Lamm, Sriram Sundararajan, and Anne Estapa. "Teaching Educators About Engineering: Preservice elementary teachers learn engineering principles from engineers." Science and Children 55, no. 1 (2017): 74-79. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

National Science Teachers Association

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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