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Helgoe Engineering Conference 2008(2)

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    • Feedback from Teachers: Hands-on Materials for STEM LEGO Engineering Conference April 4, 2008 Cathy Helgoe Senior Project Manager LEGO Education [email_address]
    • Context
    • Questions
      • Extracted from dissertation research on policy, philosophy and choices of teaching practices in the context of increasing pressure on teachers for “accountability” in demonstrating progress on standardized tests.
      • Why do teachers use hands-on materials?
      • What are they using?
      • How frequently do they use them?
      • What types of activities are students doing with these materials?
    • Background
      • Survey of US teachers who have hands-on materials in their classroom, including LEGO science and robotics materials
      • PreK-12 represented with middle school as the majority
      • Public school teachers
      • Sample of 118 respondents
      • Are teachers using the materials more or less or the same amount since NCLB?
    • Feedback from Teachers: Why?
      • Use of hands-on materials has increased.
      • Hands-on materials are very important to instructional practice because…
      • Students learn better.
    • Feedback from Teachers: What learning do they see from students?
      • When using hands-on materials, students:
      • Refine and improve the quality of work
      • Cooperate with one another
      • Work harder
      • Show more initiative
      • Perform as “gifted” students even though they are “average”
      • Have a welcome break from other types of lessons
    • Feedback from Teachers: What type of materials and how frequently?
      • Teachers do not limit themselves to one type of material.
      • For ten or more lessons , hands-on materials of these type were used:
      • General problem solving materials(46% )
      • Mathematics sets (30%)
      • Non-computer games (26%)
      • Robotics sets (23%)
      • Life science sets (19%)
    • Feedback from Teachers: What type of materials and how frequently?
      • In one or more lessons , these types of materials are used:
      • Role play scenario materials (72%)
      • Free building (69%)
      • Simple machines (64%)
      • Motorized machines (51%)
    • Feedback from Teachers: What type of activities are students doing?
      • Experiments involving data collection (98%)
      • Projects or competitions (96%)
      • Creating models to illustrate reports (88%)
      • Demonstrations about a topic (80%)
      • Programming robots in their classwork (53%)
    • Feedback from Teachers: Influence on changing practices
      • Experience with technology and hands-on materials is the most important factor affecting these teachers’ change of instructional practice.
      • Professional development is another important influence on changing practices.
    • Feedback from Teachers: Influence on changing beliefs
      • These factors influence what teachers do in the classroom...and results also show indicated that these factors influenced changes in what teachers believe about how people learn.
      • Teachers became more constructivist in their beliefs about how learning happens… that also influenced their use of hands-on materials.
    • It’s not just what you use…
      • It becomes a question, therefore, of determining by which methods this social milieu that is school will achieve the best formative results, and if this formation will consist of a simple transmission of knowledge and of rules, or if it presupposes … relationships that are more complex between teacher and student and among the students themselves.
      • (Piaget, To Understand is to Invent, p. 55)
    • Thank you! [email_address]