ERIC Number: EJ1049206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Reference Count: 10
STEM Is Here. Now What?
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v73 n1 p22-27 Sep 2013
What is the secret to success in the 21st Century? According to the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce (2008), the standard of living for the middle-class American is no longer guaranteed with only a secondary education degree and a strong work ethic. Due to increased global competition, America needs to rank in the top two performers in technology for each industry in which it hopes to be a significant contributor to ensure the current way of life. However, merely emphasizing production will not secure American success alone, as many developing nations benefit from American industry outsourcing. Therefore, the Commission suggests innovation as the key. But how is innovation developed? Perhaps one method of developing innovation is through improving student understanding of science, technology and engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This article is designed to help current science, technology, engineering, and math educators become STEM educators. It offers a practical method for developing an integrated unit of instruction in the teacher's field of expertise in the hope of furthering the advancement of STEM education.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Teaching Methods, Instructional Design, Science Achievement, Curriculum Implementation, Behavioral Objectives, Expertise, Science Teachers, Teacher Improvement, Instructional Innovation, Integrated Curriculum, Units of Study
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