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ERIC Number: EJ1410006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
High Quality Learning in Pre-Kindergarten Centers: Full STEAM Ahead!
Lisa Colvin; Anna Fox; Melissa Roberts Becker; Erin M. Pearce; Lauren Reasor
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v51 n3 p17-24 2023
A goal of university undergraduate early childhood teacher preparation programs is to create meaningful experiences that allow teacher candidates to learn theory and evidence-based best practices they will carry into their classrooms as professional educators. They should have direct interactions with young learners to apply coursework to the real world. Curriculum which includes integration of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines is a current trend that is introduced in methods courses, and it is ideal for field experiences that allow teacher candidates to practice applying those methods. Additionally, inservice pre-kindergarten teachers are exposed to the buzzword 'STEAM' and know they should be including STEAM in their curriculum. However, they may not understand what STEAM is or be provided professional development training to understand fully how to implement it in a way that is developmentally appropriate for young learners. Designing field experiences where teacher candidates have opportunities to learn and practice STEAM implementation in school settings with pre-kindergarten students while their teachers observe has been successful for one university program described in this article.
Southern Early Childhood Association. PO Box 8109 Jacksonville, AR 72078. Tel: 501-221-1648. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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