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ERIC Number: EJ1039773
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1932-202X
STEM High School Communities: Common and Differing Features
Tofel-Grehl, Colby; Callahan, Carolyn M.
Journal of Advanced Academics, v25 n3 p237-271 Aug 2014
Using observations and interviews, the researchers explore the experiences and perspectives of students, teachers, and administrators at six specialized high schools with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as they pertain to the practices and structures affecting student outcomes. Four themes were found to be common across schools: a culture of intellectualism and inclusion, a valuation on research, the role of inquiry, and the importance of personal responsibility and independent learning for students. Nuanced differences were noted across sites, notably the difference in student-reported levels of stress; however, substantial differences in student experiences based on STEM school model type were not observed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A060044