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Bowers, Sharon W.; Williams, Thomas O., Jr.; Ernst, Jeremy V. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2020
Recent developments in initiatives, standards, and legislative agendas have led to increases in the number of STEM educators, in particular elementary STEM educators. This study investigates and reports the characteristics and credentials of this group and explores the features and characteristics of the student population within their classrooms.…
Descriptors: Profiles, STEM Education, Elementary School Students, National Surveys
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Bowen, Bradley; Shume, Teresa – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2020
This study investigates how participating in a teacher externship program increases the awareness of how effective communication plays a critical role in an industry-based environment. It also studies the teacher participants' commitment to changing their classroom practices as a result of acquiring this awareness. The program of focus, the…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Summer Programs, Work Experience Programs, Elementary School Teachers
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Peterson, Bryanne – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2020
Watson and McMahon's (2005) work identified a need for research to examine the what and how of children's career development learning; this research is a start to answering that call, specifically focusing on STEM career interest as a precursor to development due to the current needs nationally for an increase in the STEM pipeline. This study…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Career Choice, Curriculum Development, Teaching Methods
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Wong, Rachel M.; Adesope, Olusola O.; Carbonneau, Kira J. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
Worked examples and self-explanations studies have been conducted predominantly with college students in controlled laboratory settings. While there is evidence showing the independent effects of these learning strategies with college students, little is known about the combined effects with K-12 students in ecologically-valid environments.…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Geometric Concepts, Learning Strategies, Mathematics Achievement
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Bowers, Sharon W.; Ernst, Jeremy V. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
National and state-based science and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives expect educators to incorporate inquiry- and design-based practices into their STEM-centric lesson planning. While this is a new expectation and may be a challenge for all, it is an even more prohibitive barrier for elementary teachers who…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Teachers, STEM Education, Lesson Plans
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Williams, Thomas O., Jr.; Ernst, Jeremy V.; Rossi, Louis – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
As integrated STEM education becomes more commonplace, the number of inclusive STEM classrooms containing students with disabilities will continue to rise. This presents many challenges to both STEM education teachers and Special education teachers. Do STEM education and Special education teachers have the appropriate credentials to effectively…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Inclusion
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Phelan, Julia; Ing, Marsha; Nylund-Gibson, Karen; Brown, Richard S. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
This study extends current research by organizing information about students' expectancy-value achievement motivation, in a way that helps parents and teachers identify specific entry points to encourage and support students' science aspirations. This study uses latent class analysis to describe underlying differences in ability beliefs, task…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Science Instruction, Middle School Students, Multivariate Analysis
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Brown, Patrick L.; Concannon, James P.; Marx, Donna; Donaldson, Christopher W.; Black, Alicia – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
The purpose of this teacher research study is to ascertain students' interest in STEM and beliefs about STEM before and after STEM specific instruction, explore possible differences in STEM self-efficacy by gender, and explore differences in STEM self-efficacy by group role. Our primary data sources include a modified attitudinal survey and…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Self Efficacy, STEM Education, Student Attitudes
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Knezek, Gerald; Christensen, Rhonda; Tyler-Wood, Tandra; Gibson, David – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
Data gathered from 325 middle school students in four U.S. states indicate that both male (p < 0.0005, RSQ = 0.33) and female (p < 0.0005, RSQ = 0.36) career aspirations for "being a scientist" are predictable based on knowledge of dispositions toward mathematics, science and engineering, plus self-reported creative tendencies. For…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Gender Differences, STEM Education, Occupational Aspiration
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Katsioloudis, Petros – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
This exploratory study was designed to determine if there is a level of alignment between technology education curriculum and theories of intellectual development. The researcher compared Epstein's Brain Growth Theory and Piaget's Status of Intellectual Development with technology education curriculum from Australia, England, and the United…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Technology Education, Elementary Education, Brain
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Bowen, Bradley; DeLuca, William – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
Many engineering and technology education classrooms incorporate simulation modeling as part of curricula to teach engineering and STEM-based concepts. The traditional method of the learning process has students first learn the content from the classroom teacher and then may have the opportunity to apply the learned content through simulation…
Descriptors: Sequential Approach, Conventional Instruction, Teaching Methods, Intermode Differences
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Lehman, James D.; Kim, WooRi; Harris, Constance – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2014
The new standards for K-12 science education in the United States call for science teachers to integrate engineering concepts and practices within their science teaching in order to improve student learning. To accomplish this, teachers need appropriate instructional materials as well as the knowledge and skills to effectively use them. This mixed…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Elementary School Science, Integrated Curriculum, Engineering Technology
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Guzey, Siddika Selcen; Nyachwaya, James; Moore, Tamara J.; Roehrig, Gillian H. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2014
A wind energy focused curriculum for grades 4-8 was designed and implemented to promote the understanding of wind energy concepts with American Indian students. 57 students who participated in the 2009 summer program of the "Reach for the Sky" (RFTS) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) received the curriculum. The…
Descriptors: Energy Conservation, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Chung, C. J. ChanJin; Cartwright, Christopher; Cole, Matthew – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2014
Robotics competitions for K-12 students are popular, but are students really learning and improving their STEM scores through robotics competitions? If not, why not? If they are, how much more effective is learning through competitions than traditional classes? Is there room for improvement? What is the best robotics competition model to maximize…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Robotics, Competition, Teaching Methods
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Yuen, Timothy T.; Boecking, Melanie; Stone, Jennifer; Tiger, Erin Price; Gomez, Alvaro; Guillen, Adrienne; Arreguin, Analisa – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2014
Robotics provide the opportunity for students to bring their individual interests, perspectives and areas of expertise together in order to work collaboratively on real-world science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) problems. This paper examines the nature of collaboration that manifests in groups of elementary and middle school…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Engineering Education, Robotics, Middle School Students
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