Board on Science Education
Thursday, April 17, 2014 
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Toward Integrated STEM Education: Developing A Research Agenda
Project Scope

An ad hoc committee will conduct a consensus study whose goal is to develop a strategic research agenda for determining the approaches and conditions most likely to lead to positive outcomes of integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (iSTEM) education at the K-12 level.  Specifically, the committee will identify and characterize existing approaches to iSTEM education, in formal, afterschool, and informal settings,review the evidence for their impact on various parameters of interest, including increasing student awareness, interest, motivation, and achievement in STEM subjects; improving college-readiness skills; and boosting the number and quality of students who may consider a career in a STEM-related field, determine a set of priority research questions to advance understanding of the impacts of iSTEM education, propose methodological approaches for addressing these questions, and identify potential parties who could carry out the research. The project is sponsored by the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, National Science Foundation, PTC, Inc., Samueli Foundation. The approximate start date for the project was 12/10/2010. A report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 30 months.

Dr. Margaret A. Honey (Chair) - New York Hall of Science
Dr. Linda M. Abriola - Tufts University
Dr. Sybilla Beckmann - University of Georgia
Dr. Susan Hackwood - California Council on Science and Technology
Dr. Alfred L. Hall, II - University of Memphis
Dr. Jennifer Hicks - ISTEM Resource Network
Mr. Steve Krak - Ohio STEM Learning Networ
Mr. Bill Kurtz - Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST)
Dr. Richard Lehrer - Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
Ms. Beth McGrath - Stevens Institute of Technology
Dr. Barbara M. Means - SRI International
Ms. Donna Migdol - Oceanside School District, New York
Dr. Mitchell Nathan - University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Mark Sanders - Virginia Tech
Mr. Michael Town - Redmond High School
For more information, see the complete record at the National Academies' Current Project site

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