Core Ideas of Engineering and Technologyby: Cary Sneider

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This article addresses Chapter 8 of A Framework for K–12 Science Education, which presents core ideas in technology and engineering at the same level as core ideas in the traditional science fields.

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  • on Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:29 PM

This article, the second in a series of articles being released by NSTA in their Journals, is an overview of Chapter 3 in A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (NRC 2011). It briefly discusses questions that teachers are beginning to ask about, such as; 1) How does the Framework define science, engineering, and technology? 2) What are the core ideas of Chapter 8? 3) Why is there increased emphasis on engineering and technology? 4) Is it redundant to have engineering practices and core ideas? 5) Do we need to have special courses to teach these core ideas? 7) Will teacher’s need special training? And 8) What will it look like in the classroom? Further into the article, each question is answered from four grade level groups; 1) By the end of the second grade, the student …, 2) By the end of the fifth grade, the student …, 3) By the end of the eighth grade, the student …, and 4) By the time they graduate from high school, the student … In the final paragraphs of the article, Sneider voices what he feels may be the greatest challenges to integrating engineering and technology into the curriculum. An excellent article to read and highlight.

Sue Garcia
Sue Garcia

  • on Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:52 PM

I think Cary Sneider did a great job making the Famework accessible to elementary school teachers. This will be a change of the type of instruction that will need to happen in science classrooms. The article opens the door and makes the Framework less overwhelming to understandand then instruct.

Kathy Renfrew  (Barnet, VT)
Kathy Renfrew (Barnet, VT)

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