Special Issue: P-12 Engineering Education Research and Practice


This special issue of Advances in Engineering Education explores recent developments in P-12 Engineering Education. It includes papers devoted to research and practice, and reports some of the most exciting work in the field today. In our Call of Papers, we solicited two types of papers: Research papers and Practice papers. The former would include research on P-12 student learning and on teacher education and professional development. The latter would focus on innovative practice by teachers and/or by engineers and university programs. However, papers in both categories had to be true “advances” with an applications orientation. We anticipated a few dozen submissions and a quick review process. We were surprised, delighted and overwhelmed by the response; we received over 60 abstracts by the deadline and several appeals after it. The first round of reviews narrowed our pool to about 30 authors who were asked to submit full papers for review. When the 14 final papers were accepted, we worked with the authors to adapt their articles to the unique features of AEE – in particular, its on-line presence and multimedia focus. In this introductory essay, we provide a look at the emerging field of P-12 Engineering Education; indicate why precollege outreach is necessary; review the history of the field including the roles of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and reflect on where we are now and how the field may develop in the future…


Richards, Larry G. Year of Dialogue: Getting the Word Out: Educators are promoting engineering to K–12 students and teachers. ASEE Prism January 2007 p 47

Sullivan, Jacquelyn F. Last Word: Lessons from the Sandbox ASEE Prism January 2007

Sullivan, Jacquelyn F. A Call for K–16 Engineering Education. The Bridge Vol 36, No. 2, Summer 2006, National Academy of Engineering

Bhattacharjee, Yudhijit A Passion for Teaching Leads to Engineering Change in Schools Science 3 March 2006, Vol 311, no. 5765, pp. 1237–1238.

Douglas, Josh, Iversen, Eric, and Kalyandurg, Chitra Engineering in the K-12 Classroom: An Analysis of Current Practices and Guidelines for the Future, American Society for Engineering Education, Washington, D.C., November 2004

Brown, E.F., Richards. L.G., Parry, E.A., Zarske M.S., and Klein-Gardner, S.S. K-12 Engineering Education: Priorities, Research Themes, and Challenges ASEE 2012

Committee on Technological Literacy; National Academy of Engineering; National Research Council; Greg Pearson and A. Thomas Young, Editors, Technically Speaking: Why All Americans Need to Know More About Technology

Katehi, L., Pearson, G., & Geder, M. (Eds). (2009). Engineering in K-12 education: Understanding the status and improving the prospects. National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

National Academy of Engineering. (2005). Educating the engineer of 2020: Adapting engineering education to the new century. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

National Academy of Engineering. (2008). Grand challenges for engineering. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

National Research Council of the National Academies (2011). A framework for K-12 science education: Practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

National Academy of Engineering. (2010). Standards for K-12 engineering education? Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

Committee on Public Understanding of Engineering Messages, National Academy of Engineering (2008): Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press