Integrating Engineering and Literacy: A Seventh Grade Case Study.
Scolnic, Jessica M.
- In recent years, there has been a push to incorporate engineering into K-12 education. However, as K-12 engineering education is still an emerging field, educators are struggling to define what engineering looks like for young students. The Integrating Engineering and Literacy (IEL) project aims to encourage teachers to integrate engineering activities into the literature they are already reading ... read morein class. Previous IEL research has indicated literacy and engineering design can be mutually supportive practices in traditional classrooms. This case study works to examine the engineering design pathway of one group of 7th grade students identified as having language-based learning disabilities. This group of inexperienced student designers demonstrates the capability to engage in productive engineering behaviors, as well as utilize knowledge of the story to inform their designs. The instructional implications of this study range from the importance of understanding the problem and solution spaces students construct, to thinking about reasonable assessment methods for young student engineering design projects.read less