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Formulating a Concept Base for Secondary Level Engineering: A Review and Synthesis

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Rodney L. Custer ,

Illinois State University, US
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A Professor and Associate Vice-President of Research, Graduate Education, and International Studies at Illinois State University.
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Jenny L. Daugherty,

Purdue University, US
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An Assistant Professor in Organizational Leadership & Supervision at Purdue University.
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Joseph P. Meyer

PBL High School, US
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A physics and chemistry teacher at PBL High School in Paxton, IL.
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Abstract

In recent years, there has been growing interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education across the K-12 spectrum (e.g., Borgman, Abelson, Dirks, Johnson, Koedinger, Linn, Lynch, Oblinger, Pea, Salen, Smith, & Szalay, 2008; National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, 2000; National Mathematics Advisory Panel, 2008; National Research Council, 2006). In part, this interest has been triggered by a “growing concern that the United States is not preparing a sufficient number of students, teachers, and practitioners in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics” (Kuenzi, 2008). While much of the focus on STEM has concentrated on science and mathematics, engineering and technology are emerging as disciplines in their own right at the K-12 level (Coppola & Malyn-Smith, 2006). A significant part of this emphasis on engineering and technology can be attributed to a concern that insufficient numbers of students are being attracted into and prepared for post-secondary engineering education (Brophy, Klein, Portsmore, & Rogers, 2008). There is also a growing awareness that an engineering presence within the K-12 curriculum provides an authentic contextual base for mathematics and science concepts (Daugherty, Reese, & Merrill, in press; Lewis, 2005; Wicklein, 2006).
How to Cite: Custer, R. L., Daugherty, J. L., & Meyer, J. P. (2010). Formulating a Concept Base for Secondary Level Engineering: A Review and Synthesis. Journal of Technology Education, 22(1), 4–21. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jte.v22i1.a.1
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Published on 22 Sep 2010.
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