PostedWednesday, February 17, 2016 at 10:42 AM
This research brief characterizes students’ participation in and understanding of the engineering design process and how it creates—or reduces—opportunities for students to apply math and science content.
Science education reformers have recommended that engineering be introduced into the K–12 curriculum, arguing that engineering activities and lessons help students apply science and math content in real-world context. UTeachEngineering’s curriculum "Engineer Your World" was used to examine student understanding of the engineering design process.
This brief discusses an article appearing in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Science Education and Technology: "High School Student Perceptions of the Utility of the Engineering Design Process: Creating Opportunities to Engage in Engineering Practices and Apply Math and Science Content".
Produced by the NSF-funded Relating Research to Practice project, which provides short summaries of peer-reviewed research written with informal educators in mind.