Iterative development of engineering in school teaching capacities in Danish primary and lower secondary schools.

Peer Schrøder Daugbjerg, Martin Krabbe Sillasen

Abstract

We have developed and performed a Teacher Professional Development (TPD) programme for introducing and implementing engineering in the primary and lower secondary school in Denmark. Engineering is a newcomer in Danish schools, and we only had fuzzy ideas about how to introduce it when we started. We, therefore, designed the TPD with an initial development and test phase where teachers acted as co-developers of teaching materials and didactic models. We monitored the process by teacher surveys and interviews, classroom observations and students surveys. The overall project design helped us to optimize didactic models, teaching materials and TPD activities through two iterative cycles before upscaling dissemination and teacher training. 

Keywords

Engineering in school, teacher professional development, iterative approach, design based learning

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