ERIC Number: EJ1088585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Assessing the Impact of a Statewide STEM Investment on K-12, Higher Education, and Business/Community STEM Awareness over Time
Sondergeld, Toni A.; Johnson, Carla C.; Walten, Janet B.
School Science and Mathematics, v116 n2 p104-110 Feb 2016
Despite monetary and educational investments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) being at record high levels, little attention has been devoted to generating a common understanding of STEM. In addition, working with business, K-12 schools, and/or institutions of higher education to establish a grassroots effort to help community members understand the importance of STEM regarding the future prosperity of the United States in general, and specifically the preparedness of children for careers of now and the future, has been nonexistent. The purpose of our study is to assess the impact of a statewide STEM professional development program implemented for two years on STEM awareness over time among various community stakeholders (i.e., K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, and business members). STEM awareness and beliefs about STEM engagement, resources, student preparation, and careers all improved over time for all groups. However, business members had the greatest growth over time and held significantly higher awareness compared with the other groups in most areas. Our findings suggest that a statewide STEM partnership/network model is a viable option for growing collective impact and sustainability of STEM K-12 education.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Assessment, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Stakeholders, Elementary Secondary Education, Business, Attitudes, Sustainability
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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