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https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jpeer/vol10/iss1/4/ Engineering education has increasingly become an area of interest at the P-12 level, yet attempts to align engineering knowledge, skills, and habits to existing elementary and secondary educational programming have been parochial in nature (e.g., for a specific context, grade, or initiative). Consequently, a need exists to establish a coherent P-12 content framework for engineering teaching and learning, which would serve as both an epistemological foundation for the subject and a guide for the design of developmentally appropriate educational standards, performance expectations, learning progressions, and assessments. A comprehensive framework for P-12 engineering education would include a compelling rationale and vision for the inclusion of engineering as a compulsory subject, content organization for the dimensions of engineering literacy, and a plan for the realization of this vision. The absence of such a framework could yield inconsistency in authentically educating students in engineering. In response, this study was conducted to establish a taxonomy of concepts related to both engineering knowledge and practices to support the development of a P-12 curricular framework. A modified Delphi method and a series of focus groups—which included teachers, professors, industry professionals, and other relevant stakeholders—were used to reach a consensus on engineering concepts deemed appropriate for secondary study. As a result, a content taxonomy for knowledge and practices appropriate for P-12 engineering emerged through multiple rounds of refinement. This article details the efforts to develop this taxonomy, and discusses how it can be used for standards creation, curriculum development, assessment of learning, and teacher preparation.

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... However, minimal attempts in the United States have been made by the education community to establish the deliberate and coherent study of engineering from a national perspective (Chandler, Fontenot, and Tate, 2011;Moore et al., 2014; National Academy of Engineering (NAE), 2017; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), 2020; Samuels and Seymour, 2015). Specifically, few efforts have been undertaken to identify developmentally appropriate content and practices for scaffolding the teaching of engineering (Strimel, Huffman, Grubbs, Kim, and Gurganus, 2020). Regardless, engineering continues be taught in P-12 schools, but without a defined and consistent goal specific to engineering as a discipline. ...
... The framework development process involved iterative cycles of research, design, and experimentation in order to gather the data necessary to (1) articulate a vision for achieving engineering literacy for all, (2) establish a coherent theoretical and practical structure for the three dimensions of engineering learning, and (3) detail the understanding that students should acquire by the end of secondary school. (See Strimel, Huffman, Grubbs, Kim, and Gurganus, 2020.) This process specifically involved bringing together teachers, administrators, researchers, outreach coordinators, and educational organizations, as well as industry representatives, through a series of actionoriented symposia to (a) identify and refine an agreed upon taxonomy of concepts and sub-concepts for secondary engineering knowledge and practice, (b) formulate an instructional sequence for Progressions of Learning in Engineering at the secondary level, (c) create curricular examples for implementation using socially relevant/culturally situated learning activities, and (d) engage with a pilot site for testing and refining this work within secondary classrooms. ...
... Achieving engineering literacy for all requires that equity be at the forefront of any engineering learning initiative (Marshall and Berland, 2012;Strimel et al., 2020). Whether at the national, state, district, or school level, instruction and classroom culture should be affected by deliberate efforts to ensure equitable approaches to engineering. ...
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... Their framework aims to transform educational policy with a vision of including engineering and engineering technology as a compulsory school subject. The design of this comprehensive framework for P-12 engineering education starts with a taxonomy of engineering content as a dimension of engineering literacy (Strimel et al., 2020). This taxonomy, which emerged from a modified Delphi study with a focus group of expert panels, including K-12 teachers, university professors, and industry professionals, outlines engineering knowledge (such as statics and circuit theory), engineering practices (such as design and materials processing), and engineering habits of mind (such as optimism and creativity). ...
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... Initially, this study's focus was on kindergartners' engagement in one epistemic practice: making trade-offs between constraints and criteria (hereafter, ''making trade-offs''). This epistemic practice has been advanced as an important practice within engineering education (American Board for Engineering and Technology, 2019; Crismond & Adams, 2012;Moore et al., 2014;Strimel et al., 2020). Making trade-offs is about compromising or prioritizing during the engineering design process among constraints and/or criteria. ...
... In a continued effort to develop and provide well-informed engineering literate citizens, the Advancing Excellence in P12 Engineering Education research collaborative, in partnership with American Society of Engineering Education and a range of national experts, set forth to create and develop a Framework for P12 Engineering Learning that would help inform and reform standards, curriculum and enhance engineering literacy [1,2]. Beyond the P-12 curricular experience are outreach efforts facilitated by many colleges and universities. ...
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