Title

Three Modes of STEM Integration for Middle School Mathematics Teachers

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-16-2019

Publication Title

School Science and Mathematics

Volume

119

Issue

5

First page number:

287

Last page number:

296

Abstract

Of the four subjects in an integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) approach, mathematics has not received enough focus. This could be in part because mathematics teachers may be apprehensive or unsure about how to implement integrated STEM education in their classrooms. There are benefits to integrated STEM in a mathematics classroom though, including increased motivation, interest, and achievement for students. This article discusses three methods that middle school mathematics teachers can utilize to integrate STEM subjects. By focusing on open‐ended problems through engineering design challenges, mathematical modeling, and mathematics integrated with technology middle school students are more likely to see mathematics as relevant and valuable. Important considerations are discussed as well as recent research with these approaches.

Keywords

Integrated STEM; Mathematics education; Middle school; STEM education

Disciplines

Educational Methods | Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching | Science and Mathematics Education

Language

English

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