The increased emphasis of engineering integration in K-12 schools has been one response to the need to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teacher education development. Engineering-based activities can enable teachers to employ student-centered pedagogies and provide students with real-world context to apply mathematics and science. Consequently, the integration of STEM subjects has the potential to improve students' interest and achievement in mathematics and science. However, most in-service teachers have not been prepared to integrate STEM subjects or to teach engineering. This chapter will discuss aspects of content knowledge and pedagogy that are needed for teachers to integrate STEM subjects. The importance of well-structured professional development to develop the necessary knowledge for STEM integration will be discussed along with lessons learned about how teachers involved in professional development have implemented engineering.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||STEM Education|
|Subtitle of host publication||How to Train 21st Century Teachers|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||16|
|State||Published - Apr 1 2014|