Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education

Critical Questions in STEM Education

Editors: Akerson, Valarie L., Buck, Gayle (Eds.)

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  • Shares a philosophical and practical emphasis on STEM as a discipline and STEM education
  • Provides a resource and overview for all STEM educators and researchers
  • Incorporates current research in STEM education and provides a discussion of themes identified in the research
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About this book

This edited volume offers a crosscutting view of STEM and is comprised of work by scholars in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. It offers a view of STEM from the disciplines that comprise it, while adhering to the idea that STEM itself is an interdisciplinary treatment of all the associated disciplines in a meaningful way. This book raises and answers questions regarding the meaning of STEM education and research.

This volume is divided into three sections: the first one describes the nature of the component disciplines of STEM. The next section presents work from leaders representing all STEM disciplines and deals with aspects such as K-12 and post-secondary education. The last section draws conclusions regarding the natures of the disciplines, challenges and advantages of STEM education in terms of theoretical and practical implications. The two final chapters compile arguments from the research chapters, describing themes in research results, and making recommendations for best STEM education practice, and examining areas for future research in STEM education.

About the authors

Valarie L Akerson is a Professor of Science Education at Indiana University, and a former elementary teacher. Her research focuses on preservice and inservice elementary teachers’ ideas about Nature of Science, as well as their teaching practices. She is a Past-President of the Association for Science Teacher Education and a Past-President for NARST: A worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research.
Gayle Buck is an Associate Dean for Research, Development & Innovation, as well as a Professor of Science Education. Previously a middle level science teacher in both urban and rural schools, Professor Buck now teaches courses in science, STEM education and teacher education. Her research explores 1) student populations traditionally underserved in science education, 2) neglected epistemological assumptions in teaching and learning, and 3) pragmatic and participatory approaches to educational research.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Nature of Scientific Knowledge and Scientific Inquiry

    Pages 3-20

    Lederman, Norman G. (et al.)

  • The Nature of Technology

    Pages 21-32

    Cullen, Theresa A. (et al.)

  • Toward Defining Nature of Engineering in the Next Generation Science Standards Era

    Pages 33-44

    Deniz, Hasan (et al.)

  • The Nature of Mathematics and Its Impact on K-12 Education

    Pages 45-57

    Hudson, Rick A. (et al.)

  • Inquiring into Environmental STEM: Striving for an Engaging Inquiry-Based E-STEM Experience for Pre-Service Teachers

    Pages 61-84

    Burgess, Angela (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Critical Questions in STEM Education
Editors
  • Valarie L. Akerson
  • Gayle Buck
Series Title
Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education
Series Volume
51
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-57646-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-57646-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-57645-5
Series ISSN
1878-0482
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 260
Number of Illustrations
17 b/w illustrations
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