Date of Award
Action Research Project
Master of Arts in Education
This action research study examined project-based learning’s effect on students’ understanding and usage of the Engineering Design Process. The study took place in an elementary school with seventy-two 5th grade participants. Students participated in three project-based learning activities throughout the study. The data was collected over a six week period with the use of pre- and post-assessments, teacher observations, an Engineering Design Process rubric, and student journaling. The results of the study showed that students’ understanding and usage of the Engineering Design Process increased throughout the study. In conclusion, a project-based learning environment supports a positive effect on students’ understanding and usage of the Engineering Design Process. This project-based learning methodology has the potential to result in positive student gains in other topics and subject areas.
Keywords: Project-Based Learning, Engineering Design Process, Inquiry
Larsen, Allison. (2016). Project-Based Learning’s Effect on Students’ Understanding and Usage of the Engineering Design Process. Retrieved from Sophia, the St. Catherine University repository website: https://sophia.stkate.edu/maed/198