Researching primary engineering education: UK perspectives, an exploratory study

Robin Clark, Jane Andrews

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    This paper draws attention to the findings of an exploratory study that critically identified and analysed relevant perceptions of elementary level engineering education within the UK. Utilising an approach based upon grounded theory methodology, 30 participants including teachers, representatives of government bodies and non-profit providers of primary level engineering initiatives were interviewed. Three main concepts were identified during the analysis of findings, each relevant to primary engineering education. These were pedagogic issues, exposure to engineering within the curriculum and children's interest. The paper concludes that the opportunity to make a real difference to children's education by stimulating their engineering imagination suggests this subject area is of particular value.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)585-595
    Number of pages11
    JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • Attracting young people
    • Conceptual framework
    • Engineering education
    • Primary school
    • STEM


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