Pioneering STEM Education for Pre-Service Teachers

Armando Paulino Preciado Babb, Miwa Aoki Takeuchi, Gabriela Alnoso Yáñez, Krista Francis, Dianne Gereluk, Sharon Friesen

Abstract


While there have been numerous initiatives to promote and recruit students into postsecondary studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) around the world, traditional programs of studies for both K to 12 school and teacher education still lack an integrative approach to these disciplines. Addressing this concern, the Werklund School of Education of the University of Calgary started to offer a course in STEM education for the undergraduate Bachelor of Education program. The purpose of this article is to document the first iterations of this course. We draw from narratives of four instructors, including the coordinator of the course, and administrators who were actively involved in creation and approval of the course. We describe the course and its connection to the philosophy of the program, examine the context in which this course was conceived—including both national and provincial policy—and address some challenges and possibilities experienced by administrators, instructors and students during the creation and implementation of the course.

Keywords


STEM education; teacher education; curriculum; soft skills

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International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy. eISSN: 2192-4880
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