ERIC Number: ED532890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May-11
Reference Count: 0
Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Issues, Reflections, and Ways Forward. Teaching and Learning in Science Series
Rennie, Leonie, Ed.; Venville, Grady, Ed.; Wallace, John, Ed.
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
How can curriculum integration of school science with the related disciplines of technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) enhance students' skills and their ability to link what they learn in school with the world outside the classroom? Featuring actual case studies of teachers' attempts to integrate their curriculum, their reasons for doing so, how they did it, and their reflections on the outcomes, this book encourages science educators to consider the purposes and potential outcomes of this approach and raises important questions about the place of science in the school curriculum. It takes an honest approach to real issues that arise in curriculum integration in a range of education contexts at the elementary and middle school levels. The clear documentation and critical analysis of the contribution of science in curriculum integration--its implementation and its strengths and weaknesses--will assist teachers, science educators, and researchers to understand how this approach can work to engage students and improve their learning, as well as how it does not happen easily, and how various factors can facilitate or hinder successful integration. Contents of this book include: (1) Exploring Curriculum Integration: Why Integrate? (Leonie Rennie, John Wallace, and Grady Venville); (2) Focus on Learning: Building Rockets and Submarines at Leaside High School (Fiona Budgen); (3) Focus on Problem-Solving: Modeling an Ice Hockey Rink at Greenwich Public School (Sheryl MacMath); (4) Focus on Engineering: Bridge Building at Southern High School (Grady Venville); (5) Focus on Literacy: Linking Language and Horticulture at Seaview Community School Susan (Joan Gribble and Leonie Rennie); (6) Focus on Reinforcement: Exploring Electricity and Energy Use at Beachville High School (Sheryl MacMath); (7) Focus on focus: Making and Marketing a Toy at Rinkview Public School (John Wallace); (8) Focus on Teacher Support: Considering Access for the Disabled at Gospunity School (Rachel Sheffield); (9) Focus on Leadership: Constructing a Model House at Mossburn School (Rachel Sheffield); (10) Focus on Community: Learning about Tiger Snakes at Chelsea Elementary School (Rekha B. Koul and Rosemary Sian Evans); (11) Focus on Values: Investigating Water Quality in a Local Lake at Kentish Middle School (Grady Venville); and (12) Reflecting on Curriculum Integration: Seeking Balance and Connection through a Worldly Perspective (Leonie Rennie, Grady Venville, and John Wallace).
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, High Schools, Public Schools, Water Quality, Community Schools, Integrated Curriculum, STEM Education, Science Education, Learner Engagement, Secondary School Science, Engineering Education, Energy, Scientific Concepts, Toys, Accessibility (for Disabled), Water, Pollution, Leadership
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Secondary Education
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