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


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.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Engineering Systems and Supply Chain Management
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:
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education,primary school,attracting young people,conceptual framework,STEM,Education,Engineering(all)
Publication ISSN: 1469-5898
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2024 08:10
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2012 13:13
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2010
Published Online Date: 2010-09-09
Authors: Clark, Robin
Andrews, Jane (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0984-6267)



Version: Accepted Version

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