STEM Education 2.0

Myths and Truths – What Has K-12 STEM Education Research Taught Us?

STEM Education 2.0 discusses the most recent research on important selected K-12 STEM topics by synthesizing previous research and offering new research questions. The contributions range from analysis of key STEM issues that have been studied for more than two decades to topics that have more recently became popular, such as maker space and robotics. In each chapter, nationally and internationally known STEM experts review key literature in the field, share findings of their own research with its implications for K-12 STEM education, and finally offer future research areas and questions in the respected area they have been studying. This volume provides diverse and leading voices in the future of STEM education and STEM education research.

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Alpaslan Sahin, Ph.D. (2007), is a Research Scientist at Harmony Public Schools. He has published a book, book chapters, and many articles on STEM education, teachers’ questioning techniques, and informal STEM learning, including A Practice-based Model of STEM Teaching: STEM Students on the Stage (SOS).

Margaret J. Mohr-Schroeder, Ph.D. (2006), is a Professor of STEM Education and Associate Dean in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. She has a variety of publications and grants related to using informal learning environments to improve opportunity and access to STEM education, including K12 STEM Education: Why Does It Matter and Where Are We Now? (Teachers College Record, 2018).
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PART 1: Setting Stage for STEM Education: Updates on STEM Education

1 STEM Literacy: Where Are We Now?
Maureen Cavalcanti and Margaret J. Mohr-Schroeder
2 Getting to the Bottom of the Truth: STEM Shortage OR STEM Surplus?
Cathrine Maiorca, Micah Stohlmann and Emily Dreissen
3 Underrepresentation of Women and Students of Color in STEM
Dionne Cross Francis, Kerrie G. Wilkins-Yel, Kelli M. Paul and Adam V. Maltese
4 Teaching and Learning Integrated STEM: Using Andragogy to Foster an Entrepreneurial Mindset in the Age of Synthesis
Louis S. Nadelson and Anne L. Seifert
5 National Reports on STEM Education: What Are the Implications for K-12?
Sarah Bush

PART 2: How to Provide Rigorous STEM Education: Means and Ways to Educate More STEM Literate STEM Professionals: PBL, Inclusive STEM Schools, and Informal STEM Learning Opportunities

6 The Role of Interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning in Integrated STEM Education
Alpaslan Sahin
7 Inclusive STEM Schools: Origins, Exemplars, and Promise
Sharon J. Lynch
8 Inclusive STEM School Models: A Review of Characteristics & Impact
Justin M. Bathon
9 Informal Learning in STEM Education
Soledad Yao and Margaret J. Mohr-Schroeder
10 Bringing out the “T” in STEM Education
Bulent Dogan and Susie Gronseth

PART 3: Bringing out the “E” in STEM in K-12 Settings

11 Engineering Education in K-12: A Look Back and Forth
Christine Guy Schnittka
12 Classroom Assessment in the Service of Integrated STEM Education Reform
Carol L. Stuessy and Luke C. Lyons
13 A Shared Language: Two Worlds Speaking to One Another through Making and Tinkering Activities
Amber Simpson, Jackie Barnes and Adam V. Maltese
14 Educational Robotics as a Tool for Youth Leadership Development and STEM Engagement
Kathleen Morgan, Bradley Barker, Gwen Nugent and Neal Grandgenett

PART 4: Factors Affecting Students’ Choice of STEM Majors

15 Factors Affecting Students’ STEM Choice and Persistence: A Synthesis of Research and Findings from the Second Year of a Longitudinal High School STEM Tracking Study
Adem Ekmekci, Alpaslan Sahin and Hersh Waxman
16 Reaching Youth with Science: A Look at Some Data on When Science Interest Develops and How it Might Be Sustained
Robert H. Tai

PART 5: Community Partnerships and Innovation to Improve K-12 Students’ 21st Century Skills

17 Crossing Borders and Stretching Boundaries: A Look at Community-Education Partnerships and Their Impact on K-12 STEM Education
Brett Criswell, Theodore Hodgson, Carol Hanley and Kimberly Yates
18 What Skills Do 21st Century High School Graduates Need to Have to Be Successful in College and Life?
Kristina Kaufman
19 An International View of STEM Education
Brigid Freeman, Simon Marginson and Russell Tytler
20 Conclusions and Next Directions
Margaret J. Mohr-Schroeder and Alpaslan Sahin
All interested in what K-12 STEM education research has yielded in the last two decades.