Improving the Climate for Undergraduate Teaching and Learning in STEM Fields. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Number 117. J–B TL Single Issue Teaching and Learning

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The quality of undergraduate education in science, technology, engineerig, and mathematics (STEM) fields has been a national concern since the time of Sputnik. In spite of many reports on the state of STEM undergraduate education and multiple reform efforts, time–worn patterns of instruction persist in many STEM classrooms and laboratories. It is increasingly clear that major improvements to STEM undergraduate education require the interest and active engagement of key stakeholders, including STEM instructors, academic administrators, disciplinary societies, and government policy–makers.

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:

  1. The climate for undergraduate teaching and learning in STEM fields
  2. Supportive teaching and learning strategies in STEM education
  3. Advancing STEM teaching and learning with research teams
  4. Facilitating reforms in STEM undergraduate education: an administrative perspective
  5. Discipline–based efforts to enhance undergraduate STEM education
  6. The National Perspective: Fostering the Enhancement of STEM Undergraduate Education
  7. Preparing STEM Doctoral Students for Future Faculty Careers
  8. Climate Change: Creating Conditions Conducive to Quality STEM Undergraduate Education
In each of these chapters, contributors provide an illuminating analysis of problems facing STEM education and suggest actions needed to strengthen STEM undergraduate education in a time when science and technology competence are more important than ever. The strategies advanced in this volume should be key elements of the coordinate, system effort necessary to implement lasting reform of 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.

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PREFACE 1Robert D. Mathieu

EDITOR S NOTES 5Roger G. Baldwin1. The Climate for Undergraduate Teaching and Learning in STEM Fields 9Roger G. BaldwinCompeting forces complicate efforts to enhance STEM undergraduate education.

2. Supportive Teaching and Learning Strategies in STEM Education 19Karl A. Smith, Tameka Clarke Douglas, Monica F. CoxThis chapter proposes strategies and best practices for designing engaged learning environments in STEM classes.

3. Advancing STEM Teaching and Learning with Research Teams 33Brian P. CoppolaTeaching groups can apply standard research practices to improve STEM education.

4. Facilitating Reforms in STEM Undergraduate Education: An Administrative Perspective 45Thomas A. Litzinger, Richard J. Koubek, David N. WormleyAcademic leaders share lessons learned from their experiences implementing
STEM education reforms.

5. Discipline–Based Efforts to Enhance Undergraduate STEM Education 55Joan Ferrini–Mundy, Beste GüçlerSTEM educators can learn from the reform efforts of other fields.

6. The National Perspective: Fostering the Enhancement of STEM Undergraduate Education 69Judith A. RamaleyThis chapter examines undergraduate STEM education from a national level.

7. Preparing STEM Doctoral Students for Future Faculty Careers 83Ann E. Austin, Henry Campa III, Christine Pfund, Donald L. Gillian–Daniel, Robert Mathieu, Judith StoddartThis chapter describes programs at the doctoral education level to prepare future STEM faculty.

8. Climate Change: Creating Conditions Conducive to Quality STEM Undergraduate Education 97Roger G. BaldwinInitiatives to promote STEM undergraduate education improvements must be coordinated, not piecemeal.

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Improving the climate for Undergraduate Teaching and Learning in STEM Fields is a great resource for faculty, STEM advisors, and administrators. It is a quick read with an abundance of information, points of view, and examples of how individuals or small groups have spearheaded the change in STEM education.

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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