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Integrating engineering education in the middle school mathematics curriculum

English, Lyn D. & Mousoulides, Nicholas G. (2009) Integrating engineering education in the middle school mathematics curriculum. In Sriraman, Bharath, Freiman, Viktor, & Lirette-Pitre, Nicole (Eds.) Interdisciplinarity, Creativity, and Learning. Information Age Publishing Inc, Charlotte, NC, USA, pp. 165-175.

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Abstract

Many nations are experiencing a decline in the number of graduating engineers, an overall poor preparedness for engineering studies in tertiary institutions, and a lack of diversity in the field. Given the increasing importance of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology in our world, it is imperative that we foster an interest and drive to participate in engineering from an early age. This discuission paper argues for the intergration of engineering education within the elementary and middle school mathematics curricula. In doing so, we offer a definition of engineering education and address its core goals; consider some perceptions of engineering and engineering education held by teachers and students; and offer one approach to promoting engineering education within the elementary and middle school mathematics curriculum, namely through mathematical modeling.

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ID Code: 28429
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: engineering education, middle school
ISBN: 9781607521013; 9781607521020
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Information Age Publishing Inc. & The Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Deposited On: 05 Nov 2009 13:23
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:09

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