Elementary Educators' Perceptions of Design, Engineering, and Technology: An Analysis by Ethnicity
Journal of STEM Education Volume 14, Number 3, ISSN 1557-5284 Publisher: Laboratory for Innovative Technology in Engineering Education (LITEE)
This mixed-methods pilot study extends researchers' understandings about elementary teachers' (K-6) perceptions of design, engineering and technology. In the first phase of the study, a reliable and valid survey was given to thirty-five participants in a teacher professional development academy sponsored by the Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning at Purdue University. Quantitative results suggest that minority teachers are more enthusiastic, more interested and more motivated to pursue design, engineering and technology opportunities and to teach these concepts to their students than majority teachers. In phase two, qualitative inquiry, via narrative analysis and open coding, was used to expound upon the responses from one majority and two minority academy participants. Teachers identified university and industry's disinterest in connecting to local student populations, poverty in the community, missing family units, opportunities to obtain a well-rounded education, and disadvantages within minority populations as factors that impact students' eventual success in design, engineering and technology.
Mendoza Diaz, N.V., Cox, M.F. & Adams, S.G. (2013). Elementary Educators' Perceptions of Design, Engineering, and Technology: An Analysis by Ethnicity. Journal of STEM Education, 14(3), 13-21. Laboratory for Innovative Technology in Engineering Education (LITEE).