Teaching and Learning Stem: A Practical Guide
ISBN: 1118925815
EAN13: 9781118925812
Language: English
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 9.00" L x 6.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Jossey-Bass

Teaching and Learning Stem: A Practical Guide

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Book Overview
Rethink traditional teaching methods to improve student learning and retention in STEM Educational research has repeatedly shown that compared to traditional teacher-centered instruction, certain learner-centered methods lead to improved learning outcomes, greater development of critical high-level skills, and increased retention in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Teaching and Learning STEM presents a trove of practical research-based strategies for designing and teaching STEM courses at the university, community college, and high school levels. The book draws on the authors' extensive backgrounds and decades of experience in STEM education and faculty development. Its engaging and well-illustrated descriptions will equip you to implement the strategies in your courses and to deal effectively with problems (including student resistance) that might occur in the implementation. The book will help you: Plan and conduct class sessions in which students are actively engaged, no matter how large the class is Make good use of technology in face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses and flipped classrooms Assess how well students are acquiring the knowledge, skills, and conceptual understanding the course is designed to teach Help students develop expert problem-solving skills and skills in communication, creative thinking, critical thinking, high-performance teamwork, and self-directed learning Meet the learning needs of STEM students with a broad diversity of attributes and backgrounds The strategies presented in Teaching and Learning STEM don't require revolutionary time-intensive changes in your teaching, but rather a gradual integration of traditional and new methods. The result will be continual improvement in your teaching and your students' learning. More information about Teaching and Learning STEM can be found at http: //educationdesignsinc.com/book including its preface, foreword, table of contents, first chapter, a reading guide, and reviews in 10 prominent STEM education journals.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover Praise for TEACHING AND LEARNING STEM Felder and Brent, longtime leaders in STEM education research, fill an important gap by providing both insightful and very practical guidance for the college instructor trying to translate the findings of STEM research into effective classroom practice. --Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Department of Physics and Graduate School of Education, Stanford University In their research-based, direct, and exceptionally readable style, Felder and Brent provide one of the few--and the best--practical guides to teaching in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. From designing a course to teaching students to assessing for learning, busy faculty members will find countless, creative, and straightforward strategies for creating a more learner-centered, evidence-based teaching environment. --Mary Deane Sorcinelli, research professor and founding director, Center for Teaching & Faculty Development, University of Massachusetts Amherst Felder and Brent break down the last few decades of advances in STEM education into coherent, useful, and well-organized advice, creating down-to-earth lessons that keep the needs and interests of the STEM educator front and center. --Brian P. Coppola, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry and associate chair for Educational Development & Practice, University of Michigan While designed for university faculty, Teaching and Learning STEM serves equally well for high school teachers of STEM courses, particularly those of us working with advanced level students. The chapters on active learning, effective use of technology, and developing problem solving and creative thinking skills should be studied by teachers of all subjects working with students of any age. --Daniel J. Teague, instructor of mathematics, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent have created a treasure chest of wisdom and practical strategies for improving learning. It is organized in a way to be accessible to first-time and veteran educators alike, and I have already started applying their ideas in my classroom! --Sheri Sheppard, mechanical engineering professor and director of the Designing Education Lab, Stanford University Imagine a book that is like having a welcoming and seasoned faculty colleague just down the hall, ready with engaging stories and sage advice. That is this book. --Kimberly D. Tanner, professor, department of biology, and director, The Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory, San Francisco State University
From the front Cover In Teaching and Learning STEM, well-known STEM education authorities Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent outline a research-proven, learner-centered approach to STEM instruction that has been shown to advance a broad range of learning outcomes and increase retention in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Teaching and Learning STEM offers a collection of practical, research-based strategies for designing and teaching courses as well as assessing students' learning. The strategies outlined can be easily implemented in an established or new course. Topics covered include getting courses off to a good start; actively engaging students in class, no matter how large the class is; helping students acquire basic knowledge, conceptual understanding, and skills in problem solving, communication, creative and critical thinking, high-performance teamwork, and self-directed learning; and making effective use of technology in face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses, including flipped classrooms. The authors also summarize findings from modern neuroscience and their implications for teaching, as well as offer insight into what diverse students think about their educational experiences. Using Teaching and Learning STEM as a guide, instructors will find ways to work smarter and to help improve their students' desire and ability to master tough material.