Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education

Issues in Integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) 

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Shelley Lee
Summer: EDUC 658 960 June 16 - August 8, 2014
or
Fall: EDUC 658 900 September 22 - November 14, 2014
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Learn effective instructional strategies for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Help learners meet Common Core Mathematics Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (which includes engineering). Explore STEM career pathways and examine data trends in STEM education.

Description

Issues related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education; research-based instructional strategies for engaging diverse learners, and career pathways in STEM-related fields.

Who Should Enroll

This eight-week course is designed for middle school math and science teachers and high school educators who teach life science, biology, earth science, physical science, physics, chemistry, algebra, advanced algebra, geometry, precalculus, calculus, Advanced Placement math and science, technology education teachers, and guidance counselors.

This course supports efforts to implement standards-based STEM curricula and focuses on designing or redesigning current educational curricula and courses using core STEM components and instructional strategies such as modeling, inquiry, habits of mind, and problem solving.

This course will explore successful ways for students to develop personal connections with the ideas and excitement of STEM fields, and explore how this can occur not only in the classroom but also through individualized and group experiences outside the classroom.

e-Textbooks

Free e-textbooks will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

Bybee, R. W. (2013). The case for STEM education: challenges and opportunities. Arlington VA.: National Science Teachers Association - NSTA Press. ISBN: 978-1936959259

Trilling, B., & Fadel, C. (2009). 21st century skills: learning for life in our times. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 978-0470475386

If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the paperbacks new or used from amazon.com.

Additional readings will be available via the course modules.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of the historical context of STEM education and analyze current socio-economic and political factors influencing public perception and funding of STEM education in the United States. .
  2. Research and analyze the difference between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills needed to meet the nation’s current workforce development needs in STEM-related fields.
  3. Analyze local, state, and/or national data comparing equity gaps for students entering STEM-related careers.
  4. Apply research-based methods for teaching STEM content and concepts.
  5. Apply research-based strategies for differentiation of STEM instruction for diverse students including culture/race, ability/disability, gender, age, socioeconomic status.
  6. Analyze strategies for overcoming barriers to applying instructional strategies that infuse problem-solving, rigorous and relevant questions, systems thinking, problem identification, formulation and solution into instruction and develop strategies to overcome the difficulty.
  7. Self-assess current status of STEM education attributes in personal classroom, building and local district.
  8. Apply research-based strategies to develop a coherent STEM classroom, school, or district action plan.
  9. Apply evidence-based research and redesign a classroom activity utilizing STEM education attributes.
  10. Evaluate local opportunities for school-community partnerships to implement STEM education standards.

Alignment with Teaching Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following:
Wisconsin Teaching Standards (WI DPI) 1, 3, 7, 9, 10

Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC): # 3, 4, 7

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards 2 and 4.

No travel to campus is required. Because this class is online and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule and responsibilities.

The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. All discussion postings, projects and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and dropbox. Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there are no required "live" chat sessions.

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