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Christine M. Cunningham
Museum of Science
60Publications
13H-index
725Citations
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Published on Jul 1, 2019in Science Education 3.04
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Published on Jan 22, 2019in International Journal of Science Education 1.32
Cathy P. Lachapelle8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Museum of Science),
Christine M. Cunningham13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Museum of Science),
Yoonkyung Oh3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Pennsylvania State University)
ABSTRACTTechnology is important to all aspects of our lives, so helping students develop an accurate understanding of technology should be an educational goal at the K-12 level. Assessments are important tools in reaching this goal. We developed an instrument to measure the technology conceptions of children ages 8–11, the ‘What is Technology’ (WT) instrument. We gathered evidence for the validity of using the WT instrument to measure children's conceptions of technology, including changes due t...
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Published on Jan 1, 2018
Cathy P. Lachapelle8
Estimated H-index: 8
,
Christine M. Cunningham13
Estimated H-index: 13
,
Martha E. Davis2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Published on Jan 1, 2018
Christine M. Cunningham13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Museum of Science),
Cathy P. Lachapelle8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Museum of Science),
Martha E. Davis2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Museum of Science)
In this chapter, we examine what age-appropriate engineering should entail for children at the preschool (ages 3–4), kindergarten (ages 5–6), and primary (ages 7–8) grade levels. We propose a set of design parameters that develop foundational engineering concepts and practices in children as they participate in engineering activity and design. At the core, these include understanding engineering as a design process and a focus on materials and their properties. As children engage in engineering,...
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Published on Jun 24, 2017
Cathy P. Lachapelle8
Estimated H-index: 8
,
Christine M. Cunningham13
Estimated H-index: 13
Published on Jun 13, 2017in International Journal of Science Education 1.32
Jonathan D. Hertel2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Museum of Science),
Christine M. Cunningham13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Museum of Science),
Gregory J. Kelly21
Estimated H-index: 21
(Pennsylvania State University)
ABSTRACTEngineering design challenges offer important opportunities for students to learn science and engineering knowledge and practices. This study examines how students’ engineering notebooks across four units of the curriculum Engineering is Elementary (EiE) support student work during design challenges. Through educational ethnography and discourse analysis, transcripts of student talk and action were created and coded around the uses of notebooks in the accomplishment of engineering tasks....
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Published on Jun 1, 2017in Linguistics and Education 0.89
Gregory J. Kelly21
Estimated H-index: 21
(Pennsylvania State University),
Christine M. Cunningham13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Museum of Science),
Amy Ricketts1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Pennsylvania State University)
Abstract This article examines the emergence of identity work in engineering among elementary school students. Engineering has only recently been added to state and national standards in the United States. The purpose of the study was to examine ways that engaging in engineering practices transforms students’ views of engineering and themselves. Video of two teachers, each teaching one engineering unit, was analyzed. Across the lessons of these engineering units (designing a parachute and design...
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Published on May 1, 2017in Science Education 3.04
Christine M. Cunningham13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Museum of Science),
Gregory J. Kelly21
Estimated H-index: 21
(Pennsylvania State University)
Engineering offers new educational opportunities for students, yet also poses challenges about how to conceptualize the disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices of the disciplinary fields of engineering. In this paper, we draw from empirical studies of engineering in professional and school settings to propose a set of epistemic practices of engineering that can inform curriculum development, teacher education, and research in science and engineering ...
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Published on Jan 1, 2017in International Journal of Engineering Education 0.57
Christine M. Cunningham13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Museum of Science),
Gregory J. Kelly21
Estimated H-index: 21
The introduction of engineering in K-12 education in the United States offers new potential and challenges for schoolsinterested in teaching engineering in the elementary grades. This study examines how a teacher frames engineeringpractices for her students through the teaching of anEngineering is Elementary(EiE) instructional unit. Discourse analysisof conduct was undertaken based on a set of classroom videos and artifacts. The method entails detailed analysis of the talkand actions of classroo...
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