Safety in Technology and Engineering Education

Safer Engineering and CTE Instruction: A National STEM Education Imperative

Study conducted by: Tyler S. Love and Kenneth R. Roy

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Safety Recommendations Supported by Research

For decades safety has been an integral component of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and CTE (career and technical education) instruction. Given today’s litigious society, safety in P-12 STEM education and CTE has received greater attention. This in part is the result of the rise in popularity of collaborative learning environments like makerspaces and fabrication labs (Fab Labs). While safety has been recognized as critical to hands-on interdisciplinary teaching and learning experiences relative to STEM and CTE, there is limited research data to support appropriate recommendations for safety policies and practices.

This book utilizes findings from one of the most extensive national P-12 STEM and CTE safety research studies to date (718 teachers across 42 states) to provide practitioner friendly safety recommendations with suggested resources. The recommendations provide implications for state education departments, professional associations, school districts/boards of education, administrators, and teachers to make data informed decisions regarding safety policies and practices to enhance STEM and CTE instruction.

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Suggested APA Citation:

Love, T. S., & Roy, K. R. (2022). Safer engineering and CTE instruction: A national STEM education imperative. What the data tells us. International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.

Note: The research presented in this publication was conducted in accordance with criteria approved by The Office for Research Protections at The Pennsylvania State University (Study ID: 00012283). ITEEA, the authors, and the reviewers do not assume liability for the accuracy of the information presented in this publication, and do not imply that methodologies outlined are the only applicable ones. Moreover, this book does not supersede legal safety standards.