Where's the Science in Science Education?

October 9, 2014 1:31 PM

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A constant refrain in articles about education and the economy highlights the need for more of a focus on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In fact, the National Science Foundation and many other public and private entities spend billions each year to advance STEM education. STEM is indeed critical for American economic competitiveness and progress. So naturally you'd expect that STEM subjects would be among the best researched of all, right?

Wrong. My colleagues and I just published a review of research on elementary science programs in the most prestigious science education journal, the Journal of Research on Science Teaching (JRST). I'll get to the substantive conclusions in a moment. What I want to focus on first is the most importan...

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