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Preparing Elementary Pre-Service Teachers to Be Effective STEM Teachers

Preparing Elementary Pre-Service Teachers to Be Effective STEM Teachers
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Author(s): Robert John Ceglie (Independent Researcher, USA)
Copyright: 2024
Pages: 24
Source title: Using STEM-Focused Teacher Preparation Programs to Reimagine Elementary Education
Source 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)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-5939-3.ch001


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Nelson Mandela (1990) stated “[e]ducation is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” This has never been truer as we live in a world in need of strong teachers. We live in a world that underappreciates teachers and their role in educating the next generation often goes unnoticed. Teaching children to become literate in math and science is a concern as these disciplines can lead to increased employment opportunities, higher pay, and a higher quality of life. Having a scientifically literate citizenship is critical to fostering innovation, improving the quality of life, and solving crises such as pandemics and climate change. Unfortunately, interest and motivation in STEM disciplines often decline after early grades which illustrates the important role that these teachers have in math and science education. This chapter combines research-based practices and activities that the author has used to promote STEM learning in preservice teachers. It combines these with narratives from former students who add evidence for their value.

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