2019 Graduate Student Showcase

Title of Submission

Integration of STEM-Based Curriculum on the Social Development of Preschoolers with and without Disabilities

Degree Program

Curriculum and Instruction, EdD

Major Advisor Name

Deb Carter

Type of Submission

Scholarly Poster

Judging Session

Both Judging Sessions


Curricula based in STEM emphasize collaboration in critical thinking, hypothesizing, creating and improving what you create. The rationale behind such curriculum is that there is a problem to be solved and that students must work together in brainstorming solutions, collaborate in creating a product, testing the product out, and improve upon it. Students with disabilities are known to require supports in developing their social-emotional understanding of peers’ wants and needs. Considering the collaborative nature of such curriculum, this study explores the effects of the implementation of an engineering curriculum on preschool students’ cooperative play and collaborative problem-solving in the classroom.

Funding Information

Idaho STEM Action Center

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