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Elementary Students' Design Process Knowledge Task Interview Protocol

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By Monica E. Cardella

School of Engineering Education, Purdue University

Interview protocol designed for elementary students and focuses on engineering design process knowledge.

Version 1.0 - published on 30 Oct 2014 doi:10.4231/R7WW7FKB - cite this Archived on 25 Oct 2016

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This interview protocol assesses elementary students engineering design process knowledge.  The protocol starts off with a short story about Chris’s participation in an egg drop design challenge.  The steps that Chris went through to design a container for the egg were shown to the student in one of three ways: (1) a single flow diagram with text only, (2) a single flow diagram with text and pictures, and (3) picture cards that were laid out in front of the student one-by-one. In association with the project Elementary Engineering Education (NSF DRK-12 DRL 0822261), this protocol was used in academic years 2008-09 through 2012-13 with grades 2 to 4 students.  This protocol was used prior to and after engineering lessons, and it was part of the longer Grade 2-4 Student Interview Protocols (NSF DRK-12 DRL 0822261). The protocol evolved over the course of the project. Data collection 2008-09 (pre) through 2011-12 (pre) used all three means of showing the design steps; each student interviewed saw a randomly selected presentation of the design process.  A new version of (2) was developed for the 2011-12 data collection. For the 2012-13 data collection, only the new version of (2) was used when interviewing students.  Collaborators: Monica E. Cardella; Ming-Chien Hsu; Senay Purzer

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