ERIC Number: EJ1176204
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching and Learning in STEM Enrichment Spaces: From Doing Math to Thinking Mathematically
Mun, Rachel U.; Hertzog, Nancy B.
Roeper Review, v40 n2 p121-129 2018
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) enrichment programs can meet the needs of gifted students by providing an intellectual challenge, a motivated peer group, and skilled teachers. In the Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP), 40 students (Grades 4-8) explored challenging math topics not typically taught in their schools. Pre and post questionnaires, video documentation of classes, and field notes indicated that students were less interested in the content of their school math classes after participation in SEP. They also reported that SEP provided a more appropriate pace, challenge, and fun. Analysis of classroom videos revealed four major strategies teachers utilized: (a) fostering of a supportive and collaborative environment, (b) developing the identity of a mathematician, (c) open-ended questions for conceptual exploration, and (d) discovery through play.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, STEM Education, Enrichment Activities, Play, Video Technology, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Questionnaires, Mathematics Instruction, Gifted, Student Needs, Cooperative Learning, Educational Environment, Program Descriptions, Mixed Methods Research, Pretests Posttests, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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