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The Importance of Developing Engineering Habits of Mind in Early Engineering Education

  • Beth Dykstra Van MeeterenEmail author
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Part of the Early Mathematics Learning and Development book series (EMLD)

Abstract

Engineering education in early childhood (preschool through second grade) is a new emphasis in preK-12 education. Many endeavors to introduce engineering to young children use an approach of providing teachers engineering curriculum with prepared lessons or lesson suggestions. An alternative approach is to examine the current educational settings of preschool through second grade to discern existing contexts and activities where engineering is a natural fit. In this chapter, the author invites the reader to examine the high-quality early childhood educational setting and ponder its untapped potential to develop children’s engineering habits of mind and the subsequent advantages for children’s development.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Iowa Regents’ Center for Early Developmental Education, College of EducationUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA

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