Successful K-12 STEM education : identifying effective approaches in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
- Corporate Author
- National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Highly Successful Schools or Programs for K-12 STEM Education.
- Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, c2011.
- Physical description
- vi, 38 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
LB1585.3 .N44 2011
- Unknown LB1585.3 .N44 2011
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 31-34).
- Publisher's Summary
- Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are cultural achievements that reflect our humanity, power our economy, and constitute fundamental aspects of our lives as citizens, consumers, parents, and members of the workforce. Providing all students with access to quality education in the STEM disciplines is important to our nation's competitiveness. However, it is challenging to identify the most successful schools and approaches in the STEM disciplines because success is defined in many ways and can occur in many different types of schools and settings. In addition, it is difficult to determine whether the success of a school's students is caused by actions the school takes or simply related to the population of students in the school. Successful K-12 STEM Education defines a framework for understanding "success" in K-12 STEM education. The book focuses its analysis on the science and mathematics parts of STEM and outlines criteria for identifying effective STEM schools and programs. Because a school's success should be defined by and measured relative to its goals, the book identifies three important goals that share certain elements, including learning STEM content and practices, developing positive dispositions toward STEM, and preparing students to be lifelong learners. A successful STEM program would increase the number of students who ultimately pursue advanced degrees and careers in STEM fields, enhance the STEM-capable workforce, and boost STEM literacy for all students. It is also critical to broaden the participation of women and minorities in STEM fields. Successful K-12 STEM Education examines the vast landscape of K-12 STEM education by considering different school models, highlighting research on effective STEM education practices, and identifying some conditions that promote and limit school- and student-level success in STEM. The book also looks at where further work is needed to develop appropriate data sources. The book will serve as a guide to policy makers; decision makers at the school and district levels; local, state, and federal government agencies; curriculum developers; educators; and parent and education advocacy groups.
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- Science > Study and teaching > United States > Evaluation.
- Technology > Study and teaching > United States > Evaluation.
- Engineering > Study and teaching > United States > Evaluation.
- Mathematics > Study and teaching > United States > Evaluation.
- Educational evaluation > United States.
- Technological literacy > United States > Evaluation.
- Publication date
- Committee on Highly Successful Schools or Programs for K-12 STEM Education, Board on Science Education and Board on Testing and Assessment, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council of the National Academies.
- Title Variation
- Successful K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics education
- Also available in Open Book format via the National Academies Press home page.