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1st Edition

Handbook of Research on STEM Education

ISBN 9780367075620
Published May 12, 2020 by Routledge
526 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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The Handbook of Research on STEM Education represents a groundbreaking and comprehensive synthesis of research and presentation of policy within the realm of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. What distinguishes this Handbook from others is the nature of integration of the disciplines that is the founding premise for the work – all chapters in this book speak directly to the integration of STEM, rather than discussion of research within the individual content areas.

The Handbook of Research on STEM Education explores the most pressing areas of STEM within an international context. Divided into six sections, the authors cover topics including: the nature of STEM, STEM learning, STEM pedagogy, curriculum and assessment, critical issues in STEM, STEM teacher education, and STEM policy and reform. The Handbook utilizes the lens of equity and access by focusing on STEM literacy, early childhood STEM, learners with disabilities, informal STEM, socio-scientific issues, race-related factors, gender equity, cultural-relevancy, and parental involvement. Additionally, discussion of STEM education policy in a variety of countries is included, as well as a focus on engaging business/industry and teachers in advocacy for STEM education.

The Handbook’s 37 chapters provide a deep and meaningful landscape of the implementation of STEM over the past two decades. As such, the findings that are presented within provide the reader with clear directions for future research into effective practice and supports for integrated STEM, which are grounded in the literature to date.

Table of Contents



Carla C. Johnson, Margaret J. Mohr-Schroeder

Section 1: The Nature of STEM

Section Editor – Tamara J. Moore

Chapter 1 – STEM Integration: A Synthesis of Conceptual Frameworks and Definitions

Tamara J. Moore, Amanda C. Johnston, Aran W. Glancy

Chapter 2 – STEM Education Through the Epistemological Lens: Unveiling the Challenge of STEM Transdisciplinarity

Digna Couso, Cristina Simarro

Chapter 3 – Moving Toward an Equity-based Approach for STEM Literacy

Margaret J. Mohr-Schroeder, Sarah B. Bush, Cathrine Maiorca, Megan Nickels

Chapter 4 – A Worldly Perspective: Applying Theory to STEM Education

Léonie J. Rennie, Grady Venville, John Wallace

Chapter 5 – Theoretical Frameworks for STEM Education Research

Thomas J. Bussey, Stanley M. Lo, Chris Rasmussen

Section 2 – STEM Learning

Section Editor – Lyn D. English

Chapter 6 – Integrated STEM Pedagogies and Student Learning

S. Selcen Guzey, Secil Caskurlu, Kadir Kozan

Chapter 7 – Design Learning in STEM Education

Lyn D. English, Robin Adams, Donna King

Chapter 8 - The Importance of Early STEM Education

Susanna Hapgood, Charlene M. Czerniak, Kimberly Brenneman, Douglas H. Clements, Richard Duschl, Marilyn Fleer, Daryl Greenfield, Helen Hadani, Nancy Romance, Julie Sarama, Christina Schwarz, Beth VanMeeteren,

Chapter 9 – Elementary STEM Learning

Suzanne M. Nesmith, Sandi Cooper

Chapter 10 – Secondary STEM Learning

Rose M. Pringle, Christine G. Lord, Tredina D. Sheppard

Chapter 11 – Considering STEM for Learners with Disabilities and Other Diverse Needs

James D. Basham, Matthew T. Marino, Cassandra L. Hunt, Kyounggun Han

Chapter 12 – Informal STEM Program Learning

Margaret Blanchard, Kristie Gutierrez, Bobby Habig, Preeti Gupta, Jennifer D. Adams

Chapter 13 – Creating STEM Learning Opportunities through Partnerships

Danielle B. Harlow, Alexandria Hansen, Jasmine McBeath, Ron Skinner, Javier Pulgar, Alexis Spina, Mandy McLean, Chantel Barriault, Annie Prud’homme-Genereux

Section 3 – STEM Pedagogy, Curriculum & Assessment

Section Editor – Margaret J. Mohr-Schroeder

Chapter 14 – History of Integrated STEM Curriculum

Christa Jackson, Kristina M. Tank, Mollie H. Appelgate, Kari Jurgenson, Ashley Delaney, Coskun Erden

Chapter 15 – Infusing Evidence-Based Reasoning in Integrated STEM

Carina M. Rebello, Paul A. Asunda, Hui-Hui Wang

Chapter 16 – Integrating Computational Thinking in STEM

Eric Wiebe, Vance Kit, Soonhye Park

Chapter 17 – Socio-Scientific Issues as Contexts for the Development of STEM Literacy

David C. Owens, Troy D. Sadler

Chapter 18 – Learning Models and Modeling Across the STEM Disciplines

Margret A. Hjalmarson, Nancy Holincheck, Courtney K. Baker, Terrie M. Galanti

Chapter 19 – Contemporary Methods of Assessing Integrated STEM Competencies

Kerrie A. Douglas, Brian D. Gane, Knut Neumann, James W. Pellegrino

Section 4 – Critical Issues in STEM

Section Editors – Carla C. Johnson and Tamara J. Moore

Chapter 20 – Intersectionality in STEM Education Research

Geraldine L. Cochran, Mildred Boveda, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Salina Gray

Chapter 21 – Perspectives of Identity as an Analytic Framework in STEM Education

Allison Godwin, Jennifer Cribbs, Shakhnoza Kayumova

Chapter 22 – Race-related Factors in STEM: A Review of Research on Educational Experiences and Outcomes for Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Cindy Jong, Christen Priddie, Thomas Roberts, Samuel D. Museus

Chapter 23 – Research on Gender Equity in STEM Education

Gayle A. Buck, Dionne Cross Francis, Kerrie G. Wilkins-Yel

Chapter 24 – The Affordances and Challenges of Enacting Culturally Relevant STEM Pedagogy

Paula A. Magee, Craig Willey, Esra Ceran, Jeremy Price, Javier Barrera Cervantes

Chapter 25 – STEM Inclusion Research for English Language Learners (ELLs): Making STEM Accessible to All

Emily K. Suh, Lisa Hoffman, Alan Zollman

Chapter 26 – Parent Involvement and its Influence on Children’s STEM Learning: A Review of the Research

Julie Thomas, Juliana Utley, Soo-Young Hong, Hunkar Korkmaz, Gwen Nugent

Section 5 – STEM Teacher Education

Section Editor – Margaret J. Mohr-Schroeder

Chapter 27 – Elementary STEM Teacher Education: Recent Practices to Prepare General Elementary Teachers for STEM

Amy Corp, Melanie Fields, Gilbert Naizer

Chapter 28 – Secondary STEM Teacher Education

Mary C. Enderson, Philip A. Reed, Melva R. Grant

Chapter 29 – Research on K-12 STEM Professional Development Programs: An Examination of Program Design and Teacher Knowledge and Practice

Julie A. Luft, Jaime Diamond, Chunlei Zhang, Dorothy Y. White

Chapter 30 – Teacher Leadership for STEM Programming

Elizabeth A. Crotty, Gillian H. Roehrig

Section 6 – STEM Policy and Reform

Section Editor – Carla C. Johnson

Chapter 31 – STEM-Focused School Models

Erin E. Peters-Burton, Ann House, Vanessa Peters Hinton, Julie Remold, Lynn Goldsmith

Chapter 32 – STEM Policy in the United States and Canada

Carla C. Johnson, Janet B. Walton, and Jonathan M. Breiner

Chapter 33 – STEM Policy in Asia

Jia Li, Jian-Xin Yao, Tian Luo, Winnie Wing Mui So

Chapter 34 – STEM Policy in Australia

David Ellis, P. John Williams

Chapter 35 – Latin American STEM Policy: A Review of Recent Initiatives on STEM Education in Four Latin American Countries

Martín Bascopé, Kristina Reiss, Mayte Morales, Claudia Robles, Pilar Reyes, Mauricio Ismael Duque, Juan Carlos Andrade

Chapter 36 – Measuring the Impact of Business Engagement on STEM Education

Karen Webber, Jeffrey Robert, David Tanner, Melinda Moore, Timothy Burg

Chapter 37 – STEM Teacher Leadership in Policy

Rebecca Hite, Rebecca E. Vieyra, Jeff Milbourne, Remy Dou, Timothy Spuck, John F. Smith


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Carla C. Johnson is Professor of Science Education and Associate Dean in the College of Education, and Executive Director of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University, USA.

Margaret J. Mohr-Schroeder is Professor of STEM Education and Associate Dean at University of Kentucky, USA.

Tamara J. Moore is Professor of Engineering Education and Interim Executive Director of INSPIRE Research at Purdue University, USA.

Lyn D. English is Professor of STEM Education at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.