Skip to main content
Article
Bridging the Gap Between Engineering Design and PK-12 Curriculum Development Through the Use the STEM Education Quality Framework
Journal of STEM Education
  • Margaret Pinnell, University of Dayton
  • James Rowley, University of Dayton
  • Sandi Preiss, University of Dayton
  • Rebecca P. Blust, University of Dayton
  • Rebecca Beach, University of Dayton
  • Suzanne Franco, Wright State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
10-1-2013
Abstract
This paper will describe a unique partnership among the Department of Teacher Education and School of Engineering at the University of Dayton (UD) and the Dayton Regional STEM Center (DRSC). This partnership resulted in the development of the STEM Education Quality Framework (SQF), a tool to guide educators in teaching, learning and refining STEM education. The SQF resulted in a variety of educational tools, including a STEM curriculum template, that was implemented in the DRSCs teacher professional development and curriculum development program entitled the STEM Fellow Program. The STEM Fellow program was later modeled in a unique, NSF sponsored six week program for K-12 STEM teachers and pre-service teachers entitled Engineering Innovation and Design for STEM Teachers. The objectives of this program were to enhance the knowledge of teachers about engineering innovation and design, to empower them to provide their students inspirational engineering and innovation experiences as well as better inform their students of potential career fields and societal needs. During the pilot year, ten teachers and five pre-service teachers were placed on teams with an engineering student, engineering faculty and industrial mentor. The teams participated in a variety of activities including an introductory engineering innovation and design project as well as a more in-depth design project provided by the industrial mentor. Results from both qualitative and quantitative assessment suggest that this program was successful at meeting the program objectives.
Inclusive pages
28-35
ISBN/ISSN
1557-5284
Document Version
Published Version
Comments

This document is provided for download in compliance with the publisher's open-access policies. Permission documentation is on file.

Note: The title of this article, which is missing the word "of," matches that of the published version. The corrected title is: "Bridging the Gap Between Engineering Design and PK-12 Curriculum Development Through the Use of the STEM Education Quality Framework."

Publisher
Institute for STEM Education and Research
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Citation Information
Margaret Pinnell, James Rowley, Sandi Preiss, Rebecca P. Blust, et al.. "Bridging the Gap Between Engineering Design and PK-12 Curriculum Development Through the Use the STEM Education Quality Framework" Journal of STEM Education Vol. 14 Iss. 4 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/margaret_pinnell/13/