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ERIC Number: EJ1002170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6434
An Ecological Model of STEM Education: Operationalizing STEM FOR ALL
Basham, James D.; Israel, Maya; Maynard, Kathie
Journal of Special Education Technology, v25 n3 p9-19 2010
This article describes a framework for how to provide more accessible, relevant, and effective instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to all students. The STEM for All initiative asserts that all students, including those with disabilities and other diverse learning needs, should be included in meaningful STEM education and develop expertise in STEM areas as well as 21st century skills associated with STEM learning. This framework is described through the lens of Bronfrenbrenner's (1977, 1994) ecological model, which provides a mechanism for understanding the interconnected and complex interactions that occur across multiple systems (e.g., policy makers, curriculum developers, teachers, and students) within the current STEM education infrastructures. Examples and lessons learned from the Furthering Urban STEM Innovation, Outreach, & New Research (UC|FUSION) research and outreach STEM center illustrate how the model is currently applied in Ohio schools and how it could be adapted to other local, regional, and national STEM FOR ALL initiatives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio