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Paired peer learning through engineering education outreach

Fogg-Rogers, Laura; Edmonds, Juliet; Lewis, Fay


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Dr Laura Fogg Rogers
Associate Professor of Knowledge Exchange in Engineering

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Juliet Edmonds
Senior Lecturer in Primary Science Education

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Dr Fay Lewis
Senior Lecturer in Mathematics


© 2016 SEFI. Undergraduate education incorporating active learning and vicarious experience through education outreach presents a critical opportunity to influence future engineering teaching and practice capabilities. Engineering education outreach activities have been shown to have multiple benefits; increasing interest and engagement with science and engineering for school children, providing teachers with expert contributions to engineering subject knowledge, and developing professional generic skills for engineers such as communication and teamwork. This pilot intervention paired 10 pre-service teachers and 11 student engineers to enact engineering outreach in primary schools, reaching 269 children. A longitudinal mixed methods design was employed to measure change in attitudes and Education Outreach Self-Efficacy in student engineers; alongside attitudes, Teaching Engineering Self-Efficacy and Engineering Subject Knowledge Confidence in pre-service teachers. Highly significant improvements were noted in the pre-service teachers’ confidence and self-efficacy, while both the teachers and engineers qualitatively described benefits arising from the paired peer mentor model.


Fogg-Rogers, L., Fogg Rogers, L., Edmonds, J., & Lewis, F. (2017). Paired peer learning through engineering education outreach. European Journal of Engineering Education, 42(1), 75-90.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 12, 2016
Online Publication Date Jul 13, 2016
Publication Date Jan 2, 2017
Journal European Journal of Engineering Education
Print ISSN 0304-3797
Electronic ISSN 1469-5898
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 1
Pages 75-90
Keywords active learning, teacher training, women in engineering, peer learning/teaching, science education, engineering education outreach
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Journal of Engineering Education on 13 July 2016, available online:


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