Creating Project-Based STEM Environments

The REAL Way

Authors: Wilhelm, Jennifer, Wilhelm, Ronald, Cole, Merryn

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  • Highlights published research showing the effectiveness of modeled PBI units
  • Provides model units as well as showing teachers how they can create project-based environments for their own classroom
  • Includes teacher commentary on the initial challenges and successes in designing and implementing PBI units
  • Includes a special chapter on how and why teachers can locate, read, and translate research literature to their classrooms
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About this book

This book models project-based environments that are intentionally designed around the United States Common Core State Standards (CCSS, 2010) for Mathematics, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States, 2013) for Science, and the National Educational Technology Standards (ISTE, 2008).  The primary purpose of this book is to reveal how middle school STEM classrooms can be purposefully designed for 21st Century learners and provide evidence regarding how situated learning experiences will result in more advanced learning. This Project-Based Instruction (PBI) resource illustrates how to design and implement interdisciplinary project-based units based on the REAL (Realistic Explorations in Astronomical Learning – Unit 1) and CREATES (Chemical Reactions Engineered to Address Thermal Energy Situations – Unit 2). The content of the book details these two PBI units with authentic student work, explanations and research behind each lesson (including misconceptions students might hold regarding STEM content), pre/post research results of unit implementation with over 40 teachers and thousands of students. In addition to these two units, there are chapters describing how to design one’s own research-based PBI units incorporating teacher commentaries regarding strategies, obstacles overcome, and successes as they designed and implemented their PBI units for the first time after learning how to create PBI STEM Environments the “REAL” way.

About the authors

Jennifer Wilhelm is currently a Professor of STEM Education in the STEM Education Department  at the University of Kentucky. She obtained her Ph.D. in Science/Math Education from the University of Texas at Austin.
Ronald Wilhelm is currently a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kentucky. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Michigan State University.
Merryn Cole is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She obtained her Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Kentucky.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • What Is a Project-Based STEM Environment?

    Wilhelm, Jennifer (et al.)

    Pages 3-5

  • A Historical Perspective on Project-Based Instruction Origination, Design, and Evolution

    Wilhelm, Jennifer (et al.)

    Pages 7-20

  • How Can Project-Based Units Be Designed for STEM Classrooms?

    Wilhelm, Jennifer (et al.)

    Pages 21-34

  • How Can Teachers Locate and Translate Research Specific to Instructional Practice?

    Wilhelm, Jennifer (et al.)

    Pages 35-41

  • Realistic Explorations in Astronomical Learning (REAL)

    Wilhelm, Jennifer (et al.)

    Pages 45-109

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04952-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04951-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Creating Project-Based STEM Environments
Book Subtitle
The REAL Way
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04952-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04952-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-04951-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 219
Number of Illustrations
19 b/w illustrations, 36 illustrations in colour
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