Successful STEM Education: A Workshop Summary by Alexandra Beatty, Committee on Highly Successful Schools or

By Alexandra Beatty, Committee on Highly Successful Schools or Programs for K-12 STEM Education, Board on Science Education, Board on Testing and Assessment, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council

What scholars find out about the technological know-how disciplines, know-how, engineering, and arithmetic in the course of their K-12 education shapes their highbrow improvement, possibilities for destiny learn and paintings, and offerings of occupation, in addition to their means to make proficient judgements approximately political and civic matters and approximately their very own lives. most folk percentage the imaginative and prescient hugely able STEM crew and a inhabitants that knows and helps the medical company are key to the longer term position of the U.S. in international economics and politics and to the healthiness of the state. certainly, the strategies to a few of the main daunting difficulties dealing with the country would require not just the services of best STEM execs but in addition the knowledge and knowing of its electorate. even if a lot is understood approximately why colleges would possibly not be triumphant, it's some distance much less transparent what makes STEM schooling potent. profitable STEM schooling: A Workshop precis discusses the significance of STEM schooling. The document describes the first sorts of K-12 colleges and courses which can help profitable schooling within the STEM disciplines and examines facts and study that show the effectiveness of those college varieties. It additionally summarizes learn that is helping to spot either the weather that make such courses potent and what's had to enforce those components.

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And science is a broad subject, encompassing physics, chemistry, life sciences, and geographic and earth system sciences. Although these subjects all require many of the same tools and technologies, identifying the most important skills and knowledge that students should acquire is not easy. A recent report offered a vision of science in the context of K-12 education. Taking Science to School (National Research Council, 2007) describes science as a social phenomenon, in which a community of peers pursues shared objectives and abides by shared conventions that shape their work, Duschl said.

The role of teachers, Lee explained, is to build trust with their students so they are viewed as allies, and the teaching environment is intended to foster the students’ cultural identities and sense of agency. Studies of informal science learning, in particular, she noted, suggest that students perform at high levels when they see science as personally meaningful and relevant to their current and future lives, and when they are able to actively engage in it. This research suggests that the mistrust that nonmainstream students bring to the typical classroom is a formidable challenge for their science learning, and that science teachers “must learn to take into account the historical, social, and cultural environments in which their students live,” Lee said.

His focus is curriculum, and Schmidt observed that it is important to consider not only the curriculum that a school system intends to present, but also the content that is actually delivered by teachers. In looking at a school’s curricula, one must ask how coherent it is in the way it structures the material to be taught in each grade; what its degree of focus is, in terms of how much exposure students actually have to different topics and how many are presented at each grade; and how rigorous (cognitively complex) it is.

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