Overview, Preparation Of Teachers

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado provides excellence in teacher education, counseling, technology and psychology, at the undergraduate and graduate level. reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry provides teaching and professional learning resources that support teaching mathematics through inquiry-based methods and help students learn mathematics in fun and innovative ways. Delivered by the Australian Academy of Science, reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry resources target students from Foundation to Year 10 and are freely available to all Australian teachers.

Science and technology are an integral part of modern life, and as such, it is argued that educational activities and the mass media should contribute to increasing public interest and knowledge about the subjects. Some key issues and recent trends in the development of science and technology are discussed, with particular reference to interdisciplinary education in both primary and secondary schools.

U.S. schools in recent years have been swept up in a widespread push to enhance STEM education, and never has the importance of scientific discoveries to everyday people been clearer than it is today Yet despite polls indicating that most Americans buy into STEM’s societal benefits, few Americans are confident about the quality of STEM education in the country’s K-12 schools, with 75 percent of respondents in a 2015 Pew survey of scientists attributing the public’s limited knowledge about science to schools’ underinvestment in such education. But even when educational opportunities exist, many children shun them because they don’t think they’re smart enough In particular, some studies have suggested that demographic stereotypes—the belief, particularly in affluent communities, that STEM-related jobs aren’t for women, for example, or the message perpetuated among low-income students of color that caring about academics isn’t masculine—discourage kids from pursuing those fields.

Coordinated efforts to improve STEM education are outlined in the federal, 5-year Strategic Plan for STEM Education and concentrate on improving the delivery, impact, and visibility of STEM efforts. Additionally, the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation , and the Smithsonian Institution are leading efforts to improve outcomes for traditionally underrepresented groups.

In the 2014-15 school year, 24 states operated virtual schools that offered supplemental online courses for students. These schools served more than 462,000 students, who took a total of 815,000 online semester-long courses. Although still a small fraction of the approximately 50 million students enrolled in K-12 public schools, this was a substantial increase since 2012-13, when 721,149 semester course enrollments were recorded.