Tufts STEM Education Lecture Series
Co-sponsored by the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach and Dept. of Education
Open to the public. All are welcome.
Associate Professor of Engineering Education
STEM Integration: Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries to Foster Learning and Engagement
The problems that we face in our ever-changing, increasingly global society are multidisciplinary. Many of these problems require the integration of multiple STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) concepts to solve them. These complex problems are the driving force behind international calls for changes in STEM education. Many of the recent national reports, including Changing the Conversation, Engineering in K-12 Education: Understanding the Status and Improving the Prospects, and Successful K-12 STEM Education, have called for both an increase in the numbers of students entering STEM fields and an increase in STEM literacy for all. This presentation will focus on STEM integration, the merging of all or some of the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, in order to: (1) deepen student understanding of each discipline by contextualizing concepts, (2) broaden student understanding of STEM disciplines through exposure to socially and culturally relevant STEM contexts, and (3) increase interest in STEM disciplines to broaden the pathways for students to enter the STEM fields. STEM integration will be considered through the three areas of student learning, educator professional development, and curricula development.
Tamara J. Moore, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Dr. Moore’s research is centered on the integration of STEM concepts in K-12 and higher education mathematics, science, and engineering classrooms in order to help students make connections among the STEM disciplines and achieve deep understanding. Her research agenda focuses on defining STEM integration and investigating its power for student learning. She is creating and testing innovative, interdisciplinary curricular approaches that engage students in developing models of real world problems and their solutions. Her research also involves working with educators to shift their expectations and instructional practice to facilitate effective STEM integration.