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STEM Reform: Which Way to Go

Abstract

"This paper addresses the issue of STEM related reform for non-STEM K-8 schools. The National Research Council (NRC) was charged with identifying highly successful strategies, practices and schools for STEM education. The majority of students learn STEM subjects in schools that do not have a specific STEM focus. These schools are continually looking to improve or reform their STEM education. Various models for reforming and improving STEM education have been developed across the country. This paper provides greater insight into the types of STEM education reform approaches found in non-STEM focused schools. The focus is on mathematics, as it serves as the language for science, engineering and technology and is the area in which the most reform has taken place. It is also impossible in a short paper to cover all four of these areas in depth. Some specific comments related to science will be incorporated at various points in the paper."

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