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Using STEM-Focused Teacher Preparation Programs to Reimagine Elementary Education

Using STEM-Focused Teacher Preparation Programs to Reimagine Elementary Education
Author(s)/Editor(s): Emily Cayton (Campbell University, USA), Miriam Sanders (Texas A&M University, USA)and John A. Williams (Texas A&M University, USA)
Copyright: ©2024
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-5939-3
ISBN13: 9781668459393
ISBN10: 1668459396
EISBN13: 9781668459409


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There has been an increasing issue in STEM education as many students lack interest and knowledge in STEM disciplines and fields. Given the high demand for STEM workers, and the projected growth of STEM fields, it is important to expose students to STEM education beginning as early as elementary school. Some K-6 programs are not preparing teacher candidates adequately for STEM content or skills, especially in engineering. Integrating these disciplines and practices throughout elementary education programs could result in more exposure for K-6 students.

Using STEM-Focused Teacher Preparation Programs to Reimagine Elementary Education presents anecdotal stories of how elementary education programs have altered their content offerings, field experiences, and curricula to expand their teacher candidates’ knowledge and exposure to STEM disciplines and fields. Covering key topics such as diversity, teacher education, and technology integration, this premier reference source is ideal for industry professionals, policymakers, administrators of K-12 education, pre-service teachers, teacher educators, researchers, scholars, academicians, practitioners, instructors, and students.

Author's/Editor's Biography

Emily Cayton (Ed.)
Emily Cayton Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the School of Education and Human Sciences at Campbell University where she serves as the Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Studies MEd. Program and is the Science Education specialist. Her research focuses on funding for science instructional materials and ensuring students in rural areas have access to high quality science instruction. Dr. Cayton is a former middle and high school science teacher, teaching in Wilson County Schools before pursuing her Master's and Doctorate from North Carolina State University.

Miriam Sanders (Ed.)
Miriam Sanders is a doctoral candidate studying Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics Education. Through her research she seeks to address issues of equity and diversity in mathematics education regarding mathematics intervention, culturally responsive mathematics instruction, and female students’ STEM career interests.

John Williams (Ed.)
John A. Williams III , Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education at Texas A&M University at College Station. His research focuses on developing and replicating best practices, policies, and personnel to dismantle inequitable discipline outcomes for African American students in K-12 school environments. Additionally, his research investigates how to prepare and support culturally inclusive teachers through the adaptation of multiculturalist frameworks.


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