Support For Science, Technology, Engineering And Mathematics (STEM)

Science education is a highly dynamic field of applied and basic research and of research-based development. In 2016, more than two-thirds of school district technology administrators indicated that all the schools in their district fully met the Federal Communication Commission’s Internet bandwidth recommendations for public schools, up from 19% in 2012. A democracy demands that its citizens make personal and community decisions about issues in which scientific information plays a fundamental role, and they hence need a knowledge of science as well as an understanding of scientific methodology.

One of the students featured in Science Fair is Kashfia Rahman, a soft-spoken girl at a sports-obsessed school in Brookings, South Dakota, who ends up winning first place in her category at the 2017 ISEF for her findings on the role of repeated acts of risky behaviors in blunting emotional and cognitive functions in adolescence—a project inspired by her surroundings in Brookings, where teen drug and alcohol abuse is common. Toward the beginning, Rahman is shown roaming her school’s campus and pointing to all the cabinets filled with frivolous trophies won by its less-than-impressive sports teams. A few scenes later, the filmmakers approach various groups of students hanging out in places like the cafeteria or the weight room—no one had ever heard of Rahman, even though she’d placed third in the ISEF the year before.

Opportunities for teachers to engage in professional learning and development can have a big impact on student learning. Students with good teachers can make progress twice as fast as those without. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job opportunities for post-secondary teachers were expected to grow by 19% from 2012 to 2022 (). In May 2014, post-secondary teachers who taught education-related subjects earned a mean annual income of $65,180, according to the BLS.

The preparation of an effective science teacher involves more than providing a student with up-to-date content and some generalized teaching skills. P. Glewwe and M. Kremer, Schools, Teachers, and Education Outcomes in Developing Countries, In The Handbook on the Economics of Education, Volume 2. Edited by E. A. Hanushek and F. Welch. (North‑Holland, 2006). A review of lessons emerging from randomized evaluations in education.

The International Journal of Research in Education and Science (IJRES) is a peer-reviewed scholarly online journal. The IJRES is published twice a year in January and July. At the Bachelor’s degree programme in education science, you will combine pedagogics with a social scientific approach to learning and education. You will come to immerse yourself in educational politics, education administration, learning and the development of competences.