Playful Materials Catalyze Imaginative Play and Shift the Nature of Engineering Design for Preschool-age Children and Their Families

Date: 
Saturday, April 2, 2022
Resource Type:
Conference Proceedings | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Informal/Formal Connections, Pre-K/Early Childhood Programs
Audience: 
Pre-K Children (0-5) | Families | Parents/Caregivers | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Learning Researchers
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | Engineering
Access and Inclusion: 
Ethnic/Racial
Hispanic/Latinx Communities
English Language Learners
Organization:
TERC Inc., University of Notre Dame, Metropolitan Family Service, TERC, Inc., Independent Consultant
Description: 

In collaboration with Metropolitan Family Service (MFS), we conducted a three-year design-based research study to better understand how the characteristics of hands-on, home-based family engineering activities influence how preschool-age children and their parents engage in the engineering design process. Four themes emerged from the study: (1) Families used their imagination and activity narrative elements to set the design context, (2) Families evaluated and revised their solutions based on imagination-driven constraints, (3) Families creatively modified the design space, and (4) Imaginative play fostered user-centered design.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
EngEd-Engineering Education
Award Number: 
1930848
Funding Amount: 
$399,371.00
Citation
DOI:
10.13140/RG.2.2.19143.16803

Team Members

Amy CorbettAmy CorbettAuthor
Maria Eugenia PerdomoMaria Eugenia PerdomoAuthor
Catherine WagnerCatherine WagnerAuthor
Viviana López BurgosViviana López BurgosAuthor
Sabrina De Los SantosSabrina De Los SantosAuthor

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