Academic journal article Science Scope

STEM Education for High-Ability Learners

Academic journal article Science Scope

STEM Education for High-Ability Learners

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By Bronwyn MacFarlane. $39.95. 271 pp. Prufrock Press. Austin, TX. 2016. ISBN: 9781618214324

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This book is written for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educators and administrators and is intended to help promote reflection and planning. A lot of the discussions in my profession have been around encouraging low-achieving students, so it was great to see a book that addresses students we can sometimes take for granted.

The book's organization is explained in the introduction, with the foundational theories, research, and best practices in STEM education in the first part and the applications in the second part. Each chapter includes an introduction, reviews relevant research and findings, and highlights practices. The discussion questions included at the end of each chapter are great for self-reflection or team discussion. However, I wish the sidebar boxes scattered throughout the book had been omitted because they do not offer new information to supplement the text.

Chapters three and 14 are among the best in the book. In chapter three, readers become familiar with how the integrated curriculum model works well with the 12-point framework of constructivist classrooms. Haven't heard of these terms before? The chapter does an excellent job of summarizing them and tying them in with the four Cs--creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration--of 21st-century learning. …

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