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Integrating engineering education within the elementary and middle school mathematics curriculum

English, Lyn D. & Mousoulides, Nicholas G. (2009) Integrating engineering education within the elementary and middle school mathematics curriculum. In Proceedings of the 6th Conference of the European Research in Mathematics Education, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon.

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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 discussion paper argues for the integration 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: 28700
Item Type: Conference Paper
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: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2010 11:46
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:10

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