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Technology and Engineering in pre-University Education

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Many of the problems and topics of educational research that are typical at university have their starting point at pre-university levels (primary education, secondary education, vocational and educational training, non-formal education, etc.). In addition, educational research on the teaching of engineering, science and technology shows that pre-university studies are crucial in issues such as gender bias in the choice of technical careers or in the development of skills involved in teamwork, oral communication and project-based learning.

This research track is focused on promoting studies related to the teaching and learning of curricular technology subjects at the pre-university level. The link with teachers and students of the master's degree in Secondary and Upper Secondary Education, Vocational Training and Foreign Language Teaching will be strengthened with this in mind. In addition to technology, which is a compulsory subject in secondary school, other subjects traditionally fundamental to engineering (computer science, programming, robotics, etc.) and cross-disciplinary connections with other scientific (mathematics, physics, chemistry, etc.) and non-scientific (history, ethics, philosophy, etc.) disciplines are also of interest.

It is increasingly common for strategies and methodologies that were applied years ago in pre-university education to become part of the teaching possibilities of university teachers. Investigating the foundations of gamification, project-based learning, mobile learning, learning analytics, blended learning and many other approaches starts with analysing data from pre-university education, especially when attempting longitudinal studies.