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dc.contributor.authorDougherty, Jennifer
dc.date.accessioned2020-02-13T18:00:25Z
dc.date.available2020-02-13T18:00:25Z
dc.date.issued2019-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11122/10894
dc.descriptionThesis (M.Ed.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2019en_US
dc.description.abstractOver the last two decades engineering has become a new focus in many science curricula, in part due to the emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Most teachers lack training or education in engineering and are not adequately prepared to implement effective engineering education. This research identifies the needs and constraints of one district, the Delta Greely School District (DGSD), in Delta Junction, AK (approximately 750 students district-wide). Surveys were distributed to fifty teachers and five administrators to gather information on attitudes and beliefs surrounding engineering education. Focus groups were conducted with teachers and administrators to better understand the needs of the teachers and the district as well as the perceived obstacles that currently limit engineering education in the classroom. The results were used to create recommendations for professional development to improve and increase engineering education in the district's K-5 classrooms. The final recommendations focus on a professional development plan and professional development delivery modes. Results of the study support two levels of professional development: one introductory level for teachers unfamiliar or not comfortable with engineering education and one for teachers who are comfortable with the subject and would like to improve their teaching. It was also determined that specific teaching resources (i.e., lesson plans and curricular material) should be part of professional development, and that professional development solution should be designed to complement the specific district-provided resources and curricula.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectengineeringen_US
dc.subjectstudy and teachingen_US
dc.subjectAlaskaen_US
dc.subjectDelta Junctionen_US
dc.subjectelementary school teachersen_US
dc.subjectin-service trainingen_US
dc.subjecttrainingen_US
dc.subjecteducationen_US
dc.subjectelementary educationen_US
dc.titleEngineering education professional development for teachers in the Delta Greely School Districten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.degreemeden_US
dc.identifier.departmentSchool of Educationen_US
dc.contributor.chairKaden, Ute
dc.contributor.committeeThorsen, Denise
dc.contributor.committeeLarson, Angela
refterms.dateFOA2020-02-13T18:00:26Z


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