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The Stem Coaching Handbook

Title: The Stem Coaching Handbook

Author: Terry Talley
English | 2017 | ISBN: 1138651036 | 167 Pages

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Learn how to promote STEM integration in your school district and increase student achievement. In this helpful, easy-to-read book, author Terry Talley sheds light on the key responsibilities and accountabilities of a successful STEM coach and offers a wealth of practical advice for those new to the position and for those who want to refine their skills.

You’ll discover how to…

– Build positive working relationships with teachers and faculty
– Organize professional development opportunities such as PLCs and book study groups
– Develop hands-on instructional strategies based off the needs of your students and the strengths of your staff
– Promote technological and scientific literacy to prepare students for success in the 21st Century
– Enhance student engagement using project-based learning and growth-based assessment models

Designed to be read either as a step-by-step guide or as a reference, The STEM Coaching Handbook is loaded with insights and accounts from experienced STEM educators across the country. No matter your level of expertise, these tips will help you make your district’s STEM program more effective for all students.

Books · ICT · STEM · Teaching

What’s Your STEM

Title: What’s Your STEM

Author: Rihab Sawk and Anthony Clark

English | February 7, 2017 | ISBN: 1507200641 | 256 pages
What's Your STEM?: Activities to Discover Your Child's Potential in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Set your child up for a bright future with this new, interactive activity book that helps kids decide which STEM ”science, technology, engineering, and math” skills they most enjoyand where they most excel!

How do batteries work? How exactly does a bridge stay up? How likely is it that someone shares your birthday?

Kids are curious. And parents can help foster that curiosity and channel it into a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math with Whats Your STEM?

This engaging activity book helps children learn about STEM with a variety of activities. Working together with their parents, they can figure out what interests them now”and how it can lead to a career later on.

In addition to the fifty entertaining and educational experiments, this interactive book includes information on potential STEM career paths.

Families can work together to complete the activities, find out what everyone likes, and learn about jobs in those fields. Whats Your STEM? is a fun, family-friendly way to expand kids horizons and choose their own STEM adventure!

 

Books · Math · STEM · Teaching

A Mind For Numbers

Title: A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)

Author: Barbara Oakley
English | ISBN: 039916524X | 2014  | 336 pages

A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) (repost)

Whether you are a student struggling to fulfill a math or science requirement, or you are embarking on a career change that requires a higher level of math competency, A Mind for Numbers offers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating but inescapable field. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. She flunked her way through high school math and science courses, before enlisting in the army immediately after graduation. When she saw how her lack of mathematical and technical savvy severely limited her options”both to rise in the military and to explore other careers”she returned to school with a newfound determination to re-tool her brain to master the very subjects that had given her so much trouble throughout her entire life.

In A Mind for Numbers, Dr. Oakley lets us in on the secrets to effectively learning math and science”secrets that even dedicated and successful students wish they™d known earlier. Contrary to popular belief, math requires creative, as well as analytical, thinking. Most people think that there™s only one way to do a problem, when in actuality, there are often a number of different solutions”you just need the creativity to see them. For example, there are more than three hundred different known proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. In short, studying a problem in a laser-focused way until you reach a solution is not an effective way to learn math. Rather, it involves taking the time to step away from a problem and allow the more relaxed and creative part of the brain to take over. A Mind for Numbers shows us that we all have what it takes to excel in math, and learning it is not as painful as some might think!

Books · ICT · STEM · Teaching

Teaching and Learning Stem

Title: Teaching and Learning Stem

Authors:  Richard M. Felder and Rebecca Brent

English | 2016 | ISBN: 1118925815 | 337 Pages

tandlStemEducational research has repeatedly shown that compared to traditional teacher-centered instruction, certain learner-centered methods lead to improved learning outcomes, greater development of critical high-level skills, and increased retention in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.Teaching and Learning STEM presents a trove of practical research-based strategies for designing and teaching courses and assessing students’ learning. The book draws on the authors’ extensive backgrounds and decades of experience in STEM education and faculty development. Its engaging and well-illustrated descriptions will equip you to implement the strategies in your courses and to deal effectively with problems (including student resistance) that might occur in the implementation. The book will help you:- Plan and conduct class sessions in which students are actively engaged, no matter how large the class is
– Make good use of technology in face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses and flipped classrooms
– Assess how well students are acquiring the knowledge, skills, and conceptual understanding the course is designed to teach
– Help students develop expert problem-solving skills and skills in communication, creative thinking, critical thinking, high-performance teamwork, and self-directed learning
– Meet the learning needs of STEM students with a broad diversity of attributes and backgrounds

The strategies presented in Teaching and Learning STEM don’t require revolutionary time-intensive changes in your teaching, but rather a gradual integration of traditional and new methods. The result will be continual improvement in your teaching and your students’ learning.

Science · STEM · Teaching

Good Practice in Science Teaching

Title: Good Practice in Science Teaching: What Research Has to Say 

Author: Jonathan Osborne
English | 2010 | ISBN: 0335238580 | 256 pages

Good Practice in Science Teaching: What Research Has to Say (repost)
The book has wide appeal in that the issues investigated – for example, the nature of science, practical work, the role of language, of technology and formative and summative assessment – are relevant and pertinent to science teachers’ work in all school systems’ – Professor David F Treagust, Curtin University of Technology, Australia.

This new edition of “Good Practice in Science Teaching” offers a comprehensive overview of the major areas of research and scholarship in science education. Each chapter summarizes the research work and evidence in the field, and discusses its significance, reliability and implications for the practice of science teaching.

Thoroughly revised throughout, the new edition includes: three new chapters covering – the learning of science in informal contexts, teacher professional development, and technology-mediated learning; updates to every chapter, reflecting the changes and developments in science education; and, further reading sections at the end of each chapter. Each chapter has been written by science education researchers with national or international reputations. Each topic is approached in a straight-forward manner and is written in a concise and readable style. This invaluable guide is ideal for science teachers of children of all ages, and others who work in teaching and related fields. It is an essential text for teachers in training and those studying for higher degrees. Contributors of this title include: Philip Adey, Paul Black, Maria Evagorou, John Gilbert, Melissa Glackin, Christine Harrison, Jill Hohenstein, Heather King, Alex Manning, Robin Millar, Natasha Serret, Shirley Simon, Julian Swain, Mary Webb.

Inspiring Science In The Early Years: Exploring Good Practice

Title: Inspiring Science In The Early Years: Exploring Good Practice

Author: Lois Kelly
English | ISBN: 0335264522 | 2015 | 168 pages


This book explores the science inherent in good early years practice and provides a rich range of ideas to inspire you to ‘have a go’ in your setting.

A Few of Our Favorite Things: Teaching Ideas for K-12 Science Methods Instructors by Patricia D. Morrell

 

Title: A Few of Our Favorite Things: Teaching Ideas for K-12 Science Methods Instructors

Author: Patricia D. Morrell
English | 5 Sept. 2014 | ISBN: 9462097771, 946209778X | 144 Pages


We are all familiar with the expression “teachers’ bag of tricks.” It is fairly easy for K-12 teachers to do a quick web search, scan library shelves, and browse through journals to provide them with numerous lessons and ideas to keep their bags filled.

Assessment · Books · Educational Philosophy · Science · STEM

Advancing Women in Science

Title: Advancing Women in Science

Author: Willie Pearson
Springer | Business & Management | April 24 2015 | ISBN-10: 3319086286 | 344 pages |
Advancing Women in Science

Many countries have implemented policies to increase the number and quality of scientific researchers as a means to foster innovation and spur economic development and progress. To that end, grounded in a view of women as a rich, yet underutilized knowledge and labor resource, a great deal of recent attention has focused on encouraging women to pursue education and careers in science ― even in countries with longstanding dominant patriarchal regimes. Yet, overall, science remains an area in which girls and women are persistently disadvantaged. This book addresses that situation. It bridges the gap between individual- and societal-level perspectives on women in science in a search for systematic solutions to the challenge of building an inclusive and productive scientific workforce capable of creating the innovation needed for economic growth and societal wellbeing.

This book examines both the role of gender as an organizing principle of social life and the relative position of women scientists within national and international labor markets. Weaving together and engaging research on globalization, the social organization of science, and gendered societal relations as key social forces, this book addresses critical issues affecting women’s contributions and participation in science. Also, while considering women’s representation in science as a whole, examinations of women in the chemical sciences, computing, mathematics, and statistics are offered as examples to provide insights into how differing disciplinary cultures, functional tasks, and socio-historical conditions can affect the advancement of women in science relative to important variations in educational and occupational realities.

Edited by three social scientists recognized for their expertise in science and technology policy, education, workforce participation, and stratification, this book includes contributions from an intellectually diverse group of international scholars and analysts, and features compelling cases and initiatives from around the world, with implications for research, industry practice, education, and policy

Paths to Career and Success for Women in Science: Findings from International Research
Title: Paths to Career and Success for Women in Science: Findings from International Research
Authors: Britta Thege, Silvester Popescu-Willigmann, Roswitha Pioch and Sabah Badri-Höher
English | 2014 | ISBN: 3658040602 | ISBN-13: 9783658040604 | 320 pages


Gender equality in science is a major challenge for higher education systems, which are facing many constraints. This book presents some of the latest research findings from Germany, South Africa and Austria on women’s careers in science and research. The volume provides insights into the research system from a female career perspective, and highlights the lessons women can learn from the findings in order to promote their own careers.

Books · Computer Science · Springer · STEM · Uncategorized

Encyclopaedia of the History of Science

Title: Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures (3rd ed)

Author: Helaine Selin
Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, 3rd edition
English | ISBN: 9400777469, 9400777485 | 2016 | 4706 pages

This updated and augmented third edition of this landmark encyclopedia contains approximately 1000 entries dealing in depth with the history of the scientific, technological and medical accomplishments of cultures outside of the United States and Europe. The entries consist of fully updated articles together with hundreds of entirely new topics adorned with full color pictures. This unique reference work includes intercultural articles on broad topics such as mathematics and astronomy as well as thoughtful philosophical articles on concepts and ideas related to the study of non-Western Science, such as rationality, objectivity, and method.

You’ll also find material on religion and science, East and West, and magic and science. This amazing resource even contains entries on fascinating esoteric topics such as Native American mathematics, Polynesian navigation, and African Metallurgy. There are also biographical articles for those cultures where individual scientists are known to us, such as China and the Islamic world.
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Statistics: The Art and Science of Learning from Data

Statistics: The Art and Science of Learning from Data, Global Edition

Title: Statistics: The Art and Science of Learning from Data, Global Edition

Authors: Agresti, Franklin, Kingenburg
English | 2017 | ISBN: 1292164778, 1292164875 | 816 Pages


Statistics:  Fourth Edition, takes a conceptual approach, helping students understand what statistics is about and learning the right questions to ask when analyzing data, rather than just memorizing procedures. This book takes the ideas that have turned statistics into a central science in modern life and makes them accessible, without compromising the necessary rigor. Students will enjoy reading this book, and will stay engaged with its wide variety of real-world data in the examples and exercises.

The authors believe that it’s important for students to learn and analyze both quantitative and categorical data. As a result, the text pays greater attention to the analysis of proportions than many other introductory statistics texts. Concepts are introduced first with categorical data, and then with quantitative data.

MyStatLab™ not included. Students, if MyStatLab is a recommended/mandatory component of the course, please ask your instructor for the correct ISBN and course ID. MyStatLab should only be purchased when required by an instructor. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.

MyStatLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product designed to personalize learning and improve results. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.

Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · ICT · Research · STEM

OECD Library of Assessment Reports

The OECD has a library of assessment reports designed compare the STEM abilities of students internationally.oecd lib

Some of the key reports affecting ICT in education include

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Making the Connection

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OECD 15 Sep 2015 Pages:204

ISBN:9789264239555 (PDF) ;9789264239548(print)

DOI: 10.1787/9789264239555-en

Abstract

Are there computers in the classroom? Does it matter? Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection examines how students’ access to and use of information and communication technology (ICT) devices has evolved in recent years, and explores how education systems and schools are integrating ICT into students’ learning experiences. Based on results from PISA 2012, the report discusses differences in access to and use of ICT – what are collectively known as the “digital divide” – that are related to students’ socio-economic status, gender, geographic location, and the school a child attends. The report highlights the importance of bolstering students’ ability to navigate through digital texts. It also examines the relationship among computer access in schools, computer use in classrooms, and performance in the PISA assessment. As the report makes clear, all students first need to be equipped with basic literacy and numeracy skills so that they can participate fully in the hyper-connected, digitised societies of the 21st century.

PISA 2012 Results: What Students Know and Can Do (Volume I, Revised edition, February 2014)

Student Performance in Mathematics, Reading and Science

English

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ISBN:9789264208780 (PDF) ;9789264208773(print)
DOI: 10.1787/9789264208780-en
Abstract

This first volume of PISA 2012 results summarises the performance of students in PISA 2012. It describes how performance is defined, measured and reported, and then provides results from the assessment, showing what students are able to do in mathematics. After a summary of mathematics performance, it examines the ways in which this performance varies on subscales representing different aspects of mathematics literacy. Given that any comparison of the outcomes of education systems needs to take into consideration countries’ social and economic circumstances, and the resources they devote to education, the volume also presents the results within countries’ economic and social contexts. In addition, the volume examines the relationship between the frequency and intensity of students’ exposure to subject content in school, what is known as “opportunity to learn”, and student performance. The volume concludes with a description of student results in reading and science. Trends in student performance in mathematics between 2003 and 2012, in reading between 2000 and 2012, and in science between 2006 and 2012 are examined when comparable data are available. Throughout the volume, case studies examine in greater detail the policy reforms adopted by countries that have improved in PISA.