Researching primary engineering education:a UK perspective, an exploratory study

Clark, Robin and Andrews, Jane (2010). Researching primary engineering education:a UK perspective, an exploratory study. European Journal of Engineering Education, 35 (5), pp. 585-595.

Abstract

This paper draws attention to the findings of an exploratory study that critically identified and analysed relevant perceptions of elementary level engineering education within the UK. Utilising an approach based upon grounded theory methodology, 30 participants including teachers, representatives of government bodies and non-profit providers of primary level engineering initiatives were interviewed. Three main concepts were identified during the analysis of findings, each relevant to primary engineering education. These were pedagogic issues, exposure to engineering within the curriculum and children's interest. The paper concludes that the opportunity to make a real difference to children's education by stimulating their engineering imagination suggests this subject area is of particular value.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03043797.2010.497551
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering systems & management
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering Education research group
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Journal of Engineering Education on 9/9/10, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03043797.2010.497551
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education,primary school,attracting young people,conceptual framework,STEM,Education,Engineering(all)
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Published Date: 2010
Authors: Clark, Robin
Andrews, Jane ( 0000-0003-0984-6267)

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