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Christine M. Cunningham
Museum of Science
60Publications
13H-index
725Citations
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#1Cathy P. Lachapelle (Museum of Science)H-Index: 8
#2Christine M. Cunningham (Museum of Science)H-Index: 13
Last.Yoonkyung Oh (PSU: Pennsylvania State University)H-Index: 3
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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...
#1Ann RobinsonH-Index: 10
#2Jill L. AdelsonH-Index: 15
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Guided by the theoretical framework of curriculum as a platform for talent development, this quasi-experimental field study investigated an intervention focused on engineering curriculum and curriculum based on a biography of a scientist through a comparative design implemented in low-income schools. Student outcome measures included science content achievement, engineering knowledge, and engineering engagement. The sample comprised 1,387 Grade 1 students across 62 classrooms. Multilevel modelin...
#1Christine M. Cunningham (Museum of Science)H-Index: 13
#2Cathy P. Lachapelle (Museum of Science)H-Index: 8
Last.Martha E. Davis (Museum of Science)H-Index: 2
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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,...
#1Jonathan D. Hertel (Museum of Science)H-Index: 2
#2Christine M. Cunningham (Museum of Science)H-Index: 13
Last.Gregory J. Kelly (PSU: Pennsylvania State University)H-Index: 21
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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....
#1Gregory J. Kelly (PSU: Pennsylvania State University)H-Index: 21
#2Christine M. Cunningham (Museum of Science)H-Index: 13
Last.Amy Ricketts (PSU: Pennsylvania State University)H-Index: 1
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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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