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Analysing preservice teachers' potential for implementing engineering education in the middle school

Hudson, Peter B., English, Lyn D., & Dawes, Les A. (2009) Analysing preservice teachers' potential for implementing engineering education in the middle school. Australian Journal of Engineering Education, 15(3), pp. 165-174.

Abstract

Engineering is pivotal to any country's development. Yet there are insufficient engineers to take up available positions in many countries, including Australia (Engineers Australia, 2008). Engineering education is limited in Australia at the primary, middle and high school levels. One of the starting points for addressing this shortfall lies in preservice teacher education. This study explores second-year preservice teachers' potential to teach engineering in middle school, following their engagement with engineering concepts in their science curriculum unit and their teaching of engineering activities to Year 7 students. Using a literature-based pretest-posttest survey, items were categorised into four constructs (ie. personal professional attributes, student motivation, pedagogical knowledge and fused curricula). Results indicated that the preservice teachers' responses had not changed for instilling positive attitudes (88%) and accepting advice from colleagues (94%). However, there was statistical significance with 9 of the 25 survey items (p<0.05) after the preservice teachers' involvement in engineering activities. Fusing engineering education with other subjects, such as mathematics and science, is an essential first step in promoting preservice teachers' potential to implement engineering education in the middle school.

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ID Code: 29166
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: engineering education, preservice teachers
ISSN: 1324-5821
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
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Funding:
  • ARC LINKAGE /LP0989152
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Institution of Engineers Australia/Engineers Media Pty. Ltd.
Deposited On: 08 Dec 2009 13:06
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2014 11:47

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