Connecting Science and Engineering Education Practices in Meaningful Ways

Building Bridges

  • Leonard A. Annetta
  • James Minogue

Part of the Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education book series (CTISE, volume 44)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Setting the Stage…The Culture and the Challenges

  3. Student-Centered Design…Exemplary Projects and Programs that Transfer Theory to Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Dorothy Bennett, Peggy Monahan, Margaret Honey
      Pages 39-57
    3. Catherine N. Langman, Judith S. Zawojewski, Stephanie R. Whitney
      Pages 59-105
    4. Michael A. Evans, Christine Schnittka, Brett D. Jones, Carol B. Brandt
      Pages 107-137
    5. Daniel L. Dickerson, Diana V. Cantu, Stephanie J. Hathcock, William J. McConnell, Doug R. Levin
      Pages 139-168
  4. Preparing Teachers for the Grand Challenges…Exemplary Professional Development Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Nicole Weber, Kristina Lamour Sansone
      Pages 217-235
    3. Elissa Milto, Kristen Wendell, Jessica Watkins, David Hammer, Kathleen Spencer, Merredith Portsmore et al.
      Pages 263-291
    4. Rodney Custer, Arthur Eisenkraft, Kristen Wendell, Jenny Daugherty, Julie Ross
      Pages 317-338

About this book


The need for a scientifically literate citizenry, one that is able to think critically and engage productively in the engineering design process, has never been greater. By raising engineering design to the same level as scientific inquiry the Next Generation Science Standards’ (NGSS) have signaled their commitment to the integration of engineering design into the fabric of science education. This call has raised many critical questions...How well do these new standards represent what actually engineers do? Where do the deep connections among science and engineering practices lie? To what extent can (or even should) science and engineering practices co-exist in formal and informal educational spaces? Which of the core science concepts are best to leverage in the pursuit of coherent and compelling integration of engineering practices? What science important content may be pushed aside? This book, tackles many of these tough questions head on.

All of the contributing authors consider the same core question: Given the rapidly changing landscape of science education, including the elevated status of engineering design, what are the best approaches to the effective integration of the science and engineering practices? They answered with rich descriptions of pioneering approaches, critical insights, and useful practical examples of how embodying a culture of interdisciplinarity and innovation can fuel the development of a scientifically li

terate citizenry. This collection of work builds traversable bridges across diverse research communities and begins to break down long standing disciplinary silos that have historically often hamstrung well-meaning efforts to bring research and practice from science and engineering together in meaningful and lasting ways.


Engineering design practices Engineering education Game design education Learning engineering Learning science NGSS Next Generation Science Standards STEM education Science education Science literacy Serious educational gaming Serious games Student-centered design Teaching engineering Teaching science Technological literacy design thinking student engagement

Editors and affiliations

  • Leonard A. Annetta
    • 1
  • James Minogue
    • 2
  1. 1.George Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  2. 2.North Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-16398-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-16399-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1878-0482
  • Series Online ISSN 1878-0784
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