Improving the Climate for Undergraduate Teaching and Learning in STEM Fields: New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Number 117
April 2009, Jossey-Bass
This volume looks at the challenges of enhancing STEM education from the perspective of these different stakeholders, including STEM instructors, academic administrators, disciplinary societies, and government policy-makers. Chapters discuss:
- The climate for undergraduate teaching and learning in STEM fields
- Supportive teaching and learning strategies in STEM education
- Advancing STEM teaching and learning with research teams
- Facilitating reforms in STEM undergraduate education: an administrative perspective
- Discipline-based efforts to enhance undergraduate STEM education
- The National Perspective: Fostering the Enhancement of STEM Undergraduate Education
- Preparing STEM Doctoral Students for Future Faculty Careers
- Climate Change: Creating Conditions Conducive to Quality STEM Undergraduate Education
This is the 117th volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Teaching and Learning, which offers a comprehensive range of ideas and techniques for improving college teaching based on the experience of seasoned instructors and the latest findings of educational and psychological researchers.
Robert D. Mathieu
EDITOR’S NOTES 5
Roger G. Baldwin
1. The Climate for Undergraduate Teaching and Learning in STEM Fields 9
Roger G. Baldwin
Competing forces complicate efforts to enhance STEM undergraduate education.
2. Supportive Teaching and Learning Strategies in STEM Education
Karl A. Smith, Tameka Clarke Douglas, Monica F. Cox
This chapter proposes strategies and best practices for designing engaged learning environments in STEM classes.
3. Advancing STEM Teaching and Learning with Research Teams
Brian P. Coppola
Teaching groups can apply standard research practices to improve STEM education.
4. Facilitating Reforms in STEM Undergraduate Education: An
Administrative Perspective 45
Thomas A. Litzinger, Richard J. Koubek, David N. Wormley
Academic leaders share lessons learned from their experiences implementing
STEM education reforms.
5. Discipline-Based Efforts to Enhance Undergraduate STEM
Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Beste Güçler
STEM educators can learn from the reform efforts of other fields.
6. The National Perspective: Fostering the Enhancement of STEM
Undergraduate Education 69
Judith A. Ramaley
This chapter examines undergraduate STEM education from a national level.
7. Preparing STEM Doctoral Students for Future Faculty Careers
Ann E. Austin, Henry Campa III, Christine Pfund, Donald L. Gillian-Daniel, Robert Mathieu, Judith Stoddart
This chapter describes programs at the doctoral education level to prepare future STEM faculty.
8. Climate Change: Creating Conditions Conducive to Quality STEM
Undergraduate Education 97
Roger G. Baldwin
Initiatives to promote STEM undergraduate education improvements must be coordinated, not piecemeal.
Though this book may be of the most benefit to those in faculty
teaching or administrator roles, as a STEM advisor, I gained a
better understanding and a more comprehensive view of current STEM
education and what collaborative changes must happen in order to
improve teaching and learning in STEM education.
— Kimberly Klein, From NACADA Journal
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