How Do Teachers Integrate STEM into K-12 Classrooms?
New teaching standards call for weaving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into classrooms better. What makes this integration effective?
A research team led by Michigan Tech set out to find what makes STEM integration tick. Their research—published in the International Journal of STEM Education—followed several case studies to observe the impacts of low, medium and high degrees of integration within a classroom. They found that across the board, the greatest challenge that teachers face is making explicit connections between STEM fields while balancing the need for context and student engagement.
Emily Dare (CLS) is lead author of the study. She says different teachers have different approaches to STEM integration. Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.