Preparing pre-service teachers to make connections between science and engineering concepts through teamwork with engineering students (RTP, Strand 1)

Jennifer Melander, Krista Lynn Adams

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Abstract

NGSS has called for the inclusion of engineering in K-12 classrooms. This has shifted the emphasis from a discipline-based focus to crosscutting concepts that connect many disciplines. These crosscutting concepts, such as systems and system models, promote a deeper understanding of science and engineering concepts. Traditional education programs often do not prepare teachers to build these connections between science and engineering concepts. The objective of this study was to determine if formal interactions with engineering students to facilitate afterschool science clubs would provide a means for pre-service teachers to learn how to make these connections in their instructional practices. In this study, undergraduate elementary education and biological systems engineering students worked together to plan and facilitate afterschool science clubs. The data suggests that the preservice teachers were able to develop instruction that emphasized various crosscutting concepts; began to make connections to science and engineering concepts; and discussed the importance of collaborations with scientists and engineers for their future classrooms. The results of this study show that formal interactions with engineering students better prepares pre-service teachers by improving their ability to make connections between science and engineering concepts. The collaboration supports the development of unique ways to incorporate science and engineering in their instructional practices. These results will lead to a better understanding of how to prepare pre-service teachers to integrate crosscutting science and engineering concepts into their classrooms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
Volume122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Making Value for Society
Issue number122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Making Value for...
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Event2015 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Seattle, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2015Jun 17 2015

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  • Engineering(all)

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    Melander, J., & Adams, K. L. (2015). Preparing pre-service teachers to make connections between science and engineering concepts through teamwork with engineering students (RTP, Strand 1). ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings, 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Making Value for Society(122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Making Value for...).