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ERIC Number: EJ975479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
From STEM to STEAM: How Early Childhood Educators Can Apply Fred Rogers' Approach
Sharapan, Hedda
Young Children, v67 n1 p36-40 Jan 2012
For many in early childhood education, STEAM is a new term. It began in this decade as STEM, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. These curriculum areas have become a major focus in education because of the concern that the United States is falling behind in scientific innovation. With a new and familiar addition to the acronym, A (for the Arts), STEAM integrates and uses the arts in the STEM curriculum to help children express STEM concepts. Since the arts are a natural part of early childhood education, adding this element may help more teachers find ways to work STEM concepts into the curriculum. This new term STEAM can help early childhood educators to build the foundation of science-related knowledge, using the arts to encourage children to express their ideas in a wide variety of creative ways. In this article, the author shares some ways early childhood teachers use Fred Rogers' approach to understanding the world for STEAM conversations, activities, and projects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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