Head Start on Engineering: Early findings (Work in Progress)

June 28th, 2017 | RESEARCH

This paper was present at the 2017 ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) Annual Conference & Exposition.

Head Start on Engineering (HSE) is a collaborative, NSF-funded research and practice project designed to develop and refine a theoretical model of early childhood, engineering-related interest development. The project focuses on Head Start families with four-year-old children from low-income communities and is being carried out collaboratively by researchers, science center educators, and a regional Head Start program. The ultimate goal of the HSE initiative is to advance the understanding of and capacity to support early engineering interest development for young learners, especially for children from low-income families and traditionally underserved communities. Building on prior work that examined the conversations of parents and young children engaged in engineering design (Dorie, Carella, & Svarovsky, 2014; 2015), the beginning stages of HSE explore the perceptions, interactions, and interest development of young children and their parents while engaged in activities that incorporate elements of the engineering design process. We specifically focus on parent-child interactions because of role that early interest (Maltese & Tai, 2010) and parents (Mannon & Schreuders, 2007) play in the occupational choices of populations traditionally underrepresented in STEM (Eccles et al., 1999).



Team Members

Gina Navoa Svarovsky, Author, University of Notre Dame
Scott Pattison, Author, Institute for Learning Innovation
Monae Verbeke, Author, Institute for Learning Innovation
Marcie Benne, Author, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Pam Greenough Corrie, Author, Mt. Hood Community College


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1515628

Related URLs

Head Start on Engineering: Supporting Engineering Interest Development in Early Childhood


Access and Inclusion: Low Socioeconomic Status
Audience: Families | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers | Pre-K Children (0-5)
Discipline: Engineering
Resource Type: Conference Proceedings | Reference Materials
Environment Type: Informal | Formal Connections | Museum and Science Center Programs | Pre-K | Early Childhood Programs | Public Programs