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Engineering-based modelling experiences in the elementary classroom

English, Lyn D. & Mousoulides, Nicholas (2011) Engineering-based modelling experiences in the elementary classroom. In Khine, M.S. & Saleh, I.M. (Eds.) Models and Modeling : Cognitive Tool for Scientific Enquiry. Springer , Netherlands, pp. 173-194.

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Introducing engineering-based model-eliciting experiences in the elementary curriculum is a new and increasingly important domain of research by mathematics, science, technology, and engineering educators. Recent research has raised questions about the context of engineering problems that are meaningful, engaging, and inspiring for young students. In the present study an environmental engineering activity was implemented in two classes of 11-year-old students in Cyprus. The problem required students to develop a procedure for selecting among alternative countries from which to buy water. Students created a range of models that adequately solved the problem although not all models took into account all of the data provided. The models varied in the number of problem factors taken into consideration and also in the different approaches adopted in dealing with the problem factors. At least two groups of students integrated into their models the environmental aspect of the problem (energy consumption, water pollution) and further refined their models. Results indicate that engineering model-eliciting activities can be introduced effectively into the elementary curriculum, providing rich opportunities for students to deal with engineering contexts and to apply their learning in mathematics and science to solving real-world engineering problems.

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ID Code: 47311
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: engineering education, modelling, maths education, sciebnce education
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-0449-7
ISBN: 9789400704480
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
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2011 07:42
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:13

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