Students in STEM Fields Typically Outperform Their Peers, Report Says
(Ashley C. Killough, The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 29, 2009)
Using data from three national studies completed from 1995 to 2006, the U.S. Department
of Education released a report that profiles the characteristics and higher-education
outcomes of the roughly 15 percent of students who major in science, technology,
engineering, or mathematics at postsecondary institutions.
Duncan: "We Are Lagging the Rest of the World" in Math, Science
(Sally Holland, CNN, August 25, 2009)
A recent analysis by the National Center for Education Statistics found that 15-year-old
U.S. students trail in math and science knowledge when compared with peers internationally.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan, in discussing the analysis Tuesday with National
Science Board experts, said that the results show that the ability of the U.S. to
compete in a global economy could be hampered.
Editorial: Correct Approach Makes Math, Science Achievement Attainable
(Dallas Morning News, August 24, 2009)
The Dallas-based National Math and Science Initiative, which trains Advanced Placement
teachers in six states, has conclusively demonstrated success, says a Dallas Morning
News editorial. The program proves that American students can excel in math and
science, vital skills in the global market, the DMN contends.
Seeking Advice on Women in Science
(Inside Higher Ed, July 22, 2009)
The landscape of scientists and engineers is certainly a lot more diverse than it
was 20 years ago, but serious gender gaps remain. That was the consensus at a hearing
of the House Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Research and
Science Education. The hearing focused on finding ways to attract more female science
Do Engineering Majors Have the Highest Dropout Rate?
(Matt Ford, ARS Technica, August 6, 2009)
New research shows that engineering students leave their respective majors at a
rate, on average, that's no greater than any other, but very few sign on for engineering
once college starts. This once again suggests that the problem is in recruitment,
Momentum Building on STEM Education: Science and math accelerate, but experts urge
schools not to forget about the 'T' (technology) and 'E' (engineering) in their
(Laura Devaney, eSchool News, August 14, 2009)
As part of the Obama administration's emphasis on bringing education into the 21st
century, it comes as no surprise that policy makers have trained their focus on
STEM education as a way to give more students, especially girls and minorities,
stronger global skills. And with this increased focus, some education experts say
momentum is building for more recognition of the "T" and "E" in STEM--technology
and engineering, two subjects often overlooked.
Cleveland STEM Students Attend School at Science Hubs
(Thomas Ott, Plain Dealer, August 21, 2009)
Freshmen at Cleveland's MC STEM High School will attend class at the Great Lakes
Science Center. The year-round public high school opened last year and offers career-focused
education in science, technology, engineering and math at nontraditional sites.
Tenth-grade students, the school's inaugural class, are housed at General Electric's
Nela Park campus in East Cleveland. Employees there mentor and tutor students, and
school officials are looking to set up something similar at a NASA research center.
Students Who Study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in Postsecondary
(Institute of Education Sciences)
This Statistics in Brief focuses on undergraduates who enter STEM programs, examining
their characteristics and postsecondary outcomes (persistence and degree completion)
several years after beginning postsecondary education.
Women in Engineering: Pioneers and Trailblazers
(Margaret Edith Layne, editor)
In this book, the significant contributions women have made to engineering, in areas
as diverse as construction management, environmental protection, and industrial
efficiency, are finally placed in their proper historical context.
Women in Engineering: Professional Life
(Margaret Edith Layne, editor)
This book illuminates the professional lives of today's women engineers through
articles, lectures, reports, and essays dating back to the 1920s.
Scitable: A division
of Nature Publishing Group has launched this online science encyclopedia and learning
in Engineering Excellence: This collection includes booklets reviewing current
engineering literature, bite-size PowerPoint presentations, and 12-minute videos
featuring interviews with leading engineering education experts on proven techniques.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Engaging Students in
Learning Mathematics: Grants are provided to classroom teachers currently
working to incorporate creative use of materials to actively engage students in
tasks and experiences designed to deepen and connect their mathematics content knowledge.
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