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Engineering education for primary school students

Palmer, Stuart R. 1997, Engineering education for primary school students, in Putting students back into engineering education : proceedings of the 9th annual Convention & Conference, 14-17 December 1997, University of Ballarat, Victoria, School of Engineering, University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Vic., pp. 228-232.

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Title Engineering education for primary school students
Author(s) Palmer, Stuart R.
Conference name Australasian Association for Engineering Education. Conference (9th : 1997 : Ballarat, Vic.)
Conference location Ballarat, Vic.
Conference dates 14 -17 Dec. 1997
Title of proceedings Putting students back into engineering education : proceedings of the 9th annual Convention & Conference, 14-17 December 1997, University of Ballarat, Victoria
Editor(s) Gourley, T. D.
Stewart, J. I.
Publication date 1997
Conference series Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference
Start page 228
End page 232
Total pages 417 p.
Publisher School of Engineering, University of Ballarat
Place of publication Ballarat, Vic.
Keyword(s) engineering education
Summary There have been a number of recent state and national reports noting the reduction in the numbers and calibre of students seeking to enter engineering education. Contributing reasons identified for this include the poor image of the profession generally, and that engineering is poorly understood in schools. The recent review of science and technology in primary schools identifies that primary school science and technology education needs to be improved, and that technology education is given significantly less time than science education in primary schools. It is clear that there are no short-term solutions to increase the number and calibre of engineering undergraduates. Improvements will only come when the community at large is better informed about the nature of engineering, and values more highly the contributions of the profession. This paper reports on a state-wide, Victorian engineering awareness competition organised by the Geelong Group of the IEAust in 1996. The results of the awareness competition are presented and its effectiveness is evaluated. Further consideration is given to factors contributing to career choice and the time at which students begin making this decision.
ISBN 0908026854
Language eng
Field of Research 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
130105 Primary Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©1997, Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30030343

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