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ERIC Number: EJ1003842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
Shifting Expectations: Bringing STEM to Scale through Expanded Learning Systems
Donner, Jessica; Wang, Yvonne
Afterschool Matters, n17 p50-57 Spr 2013
Expanded learning opportunities, such as afterschool and summer programs, are particularly well positioned to help address science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education crisis. A large percentage of youth participating in afterschool programs are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. Additionally, the nature of these programs--featuring low student-to-staff ratios and opportunities for hands-on and project-based learning--makes them an ideal environment for inquiry-based informal science education. Nevertheless, high-quality STEM education does not seem to be happening at scale. Science education is not typically expected of programs in the way that art, music, and physical activity are. To address the STEM gap in expanded learning programs, expectations of programs must change and frontline staff must be supported with professional development in STEM. (Contains 1 table and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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