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Early Engineering Learning

  • Lyn English
  • Tamara Moore

Part of the Early Mathematics Learning and Development book series (EMLD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Engineering Thinking and Habits of Mind

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Tamara J. Moore, Kristina M. Tank, Lyn English
      Pages 9-18
    3. Christine N. Lippard, Katie L. Riley, Monica H. Lamm
      Pages 19-36
    4. Lynn McGarvey, Lixin Luo, Zachary Hawes, Spatial Reasoning Study Group
      Pages 53-81
  3. Engineering Curriculum Design and Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Christine M. Cunningham, Cathy P. Lachapelle, Martha E. Davis
      Pages 135-174
    3. Kristina M. Tank, Tamara J. Moore, Brianna L. Dorie, Elizabeth Gajdzik, M. Terri Sanger, Anastasia M. Rynearson et al.
      Pages 175-201
    4. Merredith Portsmore, Elissa Milto
      Pages 203-223
    5. Mollie Elkin, Amanda Sullivan, Marina Umaschi Bers
      Pages 225-248
    6. Mia Dubosarsky, Melissa Sue John, Florencia Anggoro, Susmitha Wunnava, Ugur Celik
      Pages 249-269
  4. Concluding Points

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
  5. Lyn English, Tamara Moore
    Pages C1-C1
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 285-287

About this book


This book addresses engineering learning in early childhood, spanning ages 3 to 8 years. It explores why engineering experiences are important in young children's overall development and how engineering is a core component of early STEM learning, including how engineering education links and supports children's existing experiences in science, mathematics, and design and technology, both before school and in the early school years.

Promoting STEM education across the school years is a key goal of many nations, with the realization that building STEM skills required by societies takes time and needs to begin as early as possible. Despite calls from national and international organisations, the inclusion of engineering-based learning within elementary and primary school programs remains limited in many countries. Engineering experiences for young children in the pre-school or early school years has received almost no attention, even though young children can be considered natural engineers.

This book addresses this void by exposing what we know about engineering for young learners, including their capabilities for solving engineering-based problems and the (few) existing programs that are capitalising on their potential.


Early engineering education STEM education STEM education in early childhood early STEM integration mathematics and science learning in early childhood beginning engineering education Design in education engineering-based school programs development in young children Out-of-School Learning Environments Professional Development in Education Early Childhood Education Primary School Education

Editors and affiliations

  • Lyn English
    • 1
  • Tamara Moore
    • 2
  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

About the editors

Lyn English is a professor of STEM in education at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia.  Her research includes statistics education, engineering education, mathematical modeling and reasoning, and mathematical problem solving and posing. Lyn is a fellow of The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and founding editor of the international journal, Mathematical Thinking and Learning. Lyn's research has been recognized with several awards, including the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Career Research Medal.

Tamara J. Moore, Ph.D., is an associate professor of engineering education and the Director of STEM Integration at the INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Moore’s research is centered on the integration of STEM concepts in K-12 and postsecondary classrooms in order to help students make connections between the STEM disciplines and achieve a deep understanding. Her work focuses on defining STEM integration and investigating its power for student learning. She received a U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2012.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Early Engineering Learning
  • Editors Lyn English
    Tamara Moore
  • Series Title Early Mathematics Learning and Development
  • Series Abbreviated Title Early Math. Learning, Development
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-8620-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-4201-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-8621-2
  • Series ISSN 2213-9273
  • Series E-ISSN 2213-9281
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 287
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 62 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Early Childhood Education
    Engineering/Technology Education
    Mathematics Education
    Science Education
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