Creator of Knowledge
Information Resources Management Association
Advancing the Concepts & Practices of Information Resources Management in Modern Organizations

Enhancing Diversity in STEM Interdisciplinary Learning

Enhancing Diversity in STEM Interdisciplinary Learning
View Sample PDF
Author(s): Reginald A. Blake (New York City College of Technology, City University of New York, USA) and Janet Liou-Mark (New York City College of Technology, City University of New York, USA)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 23
Source title: STEM Education: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7363-2.ch054


View Enhancing Diversity in STEM Interdisciplinary Learning on the publisher's website for pricing and purchasing information.


The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines have traditionally been woefully unsuccessful in attracting, retaining, and graduating acceptable numbers of Underrepresented Minorities (URMs). A new paradigm of STEM practices is needed to address this vexing problem. This chapter highlights a novel interdisciplinary approach to STEM education. Instead of being siloed and mired in their respective STEM disciplines, students integrate real world, inquiry-based learning that is underpinned by a strong foundation in mathematics and a myriad of other pillars of STEM activities. These activities include Peer-Assisted Learning Workshops, Mentoring Programs, Undergraduate Research Experiences, STEM Exposure Trips, Conference Participation, and Peer Leadership. This strategy enhances STEM education among URMs by purposefully connecting and integrating knowledge and skills from across the STEM disciplines to solve real-world problems, by synthesizing and transferring knowledge across disciplinary boundaries, and by building critical thinking skills in a manner that is relevant to their experiences and yet transformative.

Related Content

Poshan Yu, Liang Liu, R. Michael Sampat, Kudzai Mandizvidza, Shengyuan Lu. © 2023. 29 pages.
María Concepción Pérez Gutiérrez. © 2023. 17 pages.
José G. Vargas-Hernández, Adlet D. Kariyev. © 2023. 26 pages.
Gülşah Avcı Doğan. © 2023. 20 pages.
Mohamed Moussaoui, Ali Rachid. © 2023. 24 pages.
Karleah Harris, Kieu Ngoc Le, Roseline Jindori Yunusa Vakkia, Afua Nyarkoa Ofori. © 2023. 22 pages.
Gastón Sanglier Contreras, Roberto Alonso Gonzalez Lezcano, Eduardo José López Fernández. © 2023. 11 pages.
Body Bottom