STEM Education Now More Than Ever, 1st Edition

  • Rodger W. Bybee Emeritus, University of South Carolina
  • Published By: National Science Teachers Assc
  • ISBN-10: 1681406020
  • ISBN-13: 9781681406022
  • DDC: 510.71
  • 160 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released July 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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In response to these unconventional and uncertain years the author, a veteran educator, has written a book that’s as thought-provoking as it is constructive. Now more than ever, he writes, America needs reminders of both the themes that made it great in the first place and STEM’s contributions to its citizens. Science educators must address STEM issues at local, national, and global levels, and help students tackle today’s problems with new approaches that complement traditional single-discipline programs. This title addresses these themes through four wide-ranging sections. In light of the 2016 election and recent assaults on science’s validity, it strongly asserts the need for a new case for STEM education. It also discusses the Enlightenment, the U.S. Constitution, democracy, and citizenship as reminders of the effects of STEM disciplines on America’s foundational ideas and values. The conclusion ties it all together with positive, practical recommendations.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Author.
Innovations for STEM Education.
1: Introducing a New and Urgent Case for STEM Education.
2: Looking Beyond the STEM Acronym.
3: Recognizing and Accepting New Challenges for STEM Education.
4: Connecting STEM Education, NGSS, and New State Standards.
5: Proposing Innovations for STEM Education.
6: Part 1 Concluding Discussion.
Our Cultural Heritage STEM and Society.
7: The Enlightenment: Identifying Components of a Cultural Foundation.
8: The Constitution: Establishing a Cultural Foundation.
9: Democracy, Schooling, and STEM Education: Building on the Cultural Foundation.
10: Citizenship: Exercising the Power and Realizing the Obligations of Our Cultural Heritage.
11: American Science and Technology: A Cultural Heritage.
12: Part 2 Concluding Discussion.
Advancing STEM Education Priorities, Perspectives, and Plans.
13: The Purposes of STEM Education.
14: Perspectives for STEM Programs.
15: Designing Innovative STEM Units.
16: Developing Innovative STEM Units.
17: Perspectives on Professional Learning for STEM Units.
18: Professional Development of STEM Units.
19: Part 3 Concluding Discussion.
Innovations and Opportunities for STEM Education.
20: Responses to Questions About Innovations and STEM Education.
21: Conclusion: A Vision and Teachers' Leadership for STEM Education.