Safety in Technology and Engineering Education
Safety for our students is a top priority, so ITEEA offers numerous free resources to aid you in creating and leading a safer classroom or lab.
While the hands-on, design-based learning nature of technology and engineering education is invaluable, the tools, equipment, materials, and chemicals students use in the classrooms can pose potential safety hazards and resulting risks.
ITEEA's wide range safety resources can help you answer the question “How can we provide engaging hands-on STEM learning experiences for all students in a safe setting?”
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.
Thank you to our co-publishers:
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. https://www.iteea.org/safety
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.
State Reports from Safer Engineering and CTE Instruction (Click State to View Report)
*For additional data or data on states not listed above, please contact the authors
- A Call to Prioritize Safety in STEM and CTE: Addressing Overcrowded Classes and Other Critical Safety Issues
This short, open access article is written for teachers, administrators/leaders, school counselors, and others involved with STEM and CTE courses. It summarizes a few of the most critical safety issues facing STEM and CTE programs today with research supported recommendations to address these issues.
- A Safety Study on Educators of Technological and Engineering Design-Based Instruction in K-12 STEM Related Courses
This open access research article from the Journal of Technology Education analyzes the safety of STEM courses that taught engineering design-based lessons. It found that teachers who completed undergraduate coursework covering safety topics were 83% less likely to have had an accident in the STEM courses they taught.
This paper presents safety findings from a study involving 718 educators from 42 states who taught lab based CTE or STEM courses and provides practical implications for state departments and school districts to improve the safety practices, protocols, and policies within CTE and STEM education labs.
This article presents data supported recommendations which school districts would benefit from following because this document could be admissible in future accident cases to help establish a new precedent for safer T&E instruction.
This article examines the responses from Wisconsin educators to the 2020 National T&E Education Safety Survey and discusses how Wisconsin educators compare to the rest of respondents on a number of safety issues, some of which were positive and others concerning.
This hour-long session summarizes the key findings form the Safety Engineering and CTE Instruction and discusses some of the most important implications.
This short practitioner focused article from the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) summarizes the key CTE safety findings from Safer Engineering and CTE Instruction: A National STEM Education Imperative. This is an excellent resource to share with teachers, administrators, and other educators seeking to improve safety.
This article from edCircuit takes a closer look at some of the key findings from Safer Engineering and CTE Instruction: A National STEM Education Imperative. It also provides the option to listen to the article.
This article provides statistical analyses of the national data set from Safer Engineering and CTE Instruction: A National STEM Education Imperative. It is a subscription article from Safety Science.