ERIC Number: EJ1098464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Making STEM Connections
Stump, Sheryl L.; Bryan, Joel A.; McConnell, Tom J.
Mathematics Teacher, v109 n8 p576-583 Apr 2016
Integrated approaches to education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), especially those set in the context of real-world situations, can motivate and deepen students' learning of the STEM subjects (National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council 2014). This article describes two integrated investigations used with mathematics and science teachers of grades 5-12 who participated in a three-year mathematics and science partnership called Engineering STEM Success. The coauthors, two science educators and one mathematics educator, describe how the investigations were used to deepen teachers' knowledge of mathematics and science and make connections among STEM content areas. The investigations incorporated the first three phases--Engagement, Exploration, and Explanation--of the 5E learning cycle model (Bybee et al. 2006) used for teaching science through inquiry. These three phases are synonymous with the Launch-Explore-Summarize teaching and learning model found in middle school mathematics curriculum materials (Lappan et al. 2014). In this article, the authors describe what happened in these three phases of the investigations and also offer commentary on what they learned. This article includes suggestions for using the investigations with secondary school students.
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, STEM Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Partnerships in Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Inquiry, Secondary School Students, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning, Learning Activities, Teamwork, Common Core State Standards
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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