Academic journal article Journal of STEM Education : Innovations and Research

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of STEM Education : Innovations and Research

Editorial

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to Volume 16, Issue 2 of the Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research. As the summer continues, we have much new research to share with our readers. In this issue we are pleased to feature our authors'excellent research in six interesting articles that describe several innovative approaches to improving students'learning through hands-on experiences and exposure to real-world case studies.

To begin the issue, in"Aligning Technology Education Teaching with Brain Development,"author Petros Katsioloudis of Old Dominion University analyzes the implications of brain development and growth on technology education by considering Epstein's brain growth theory and Piaget's stages of intellectual development.

Our second article is "Increasing Retention in STEM: Results from a STEM Talent Expansion Program at the University of Memphis."Authors Alistair Windsor, Rachel Best, Donald Franceschetti, John Haddock, Stephanie Ivey, all of the University of Memphis, David Russomanno of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Anna Bargagliotti of Loyola Marymount University, explore the successes of a students participating in a STEM retention and expansion program at the University of Memphis.

In our third article, authors Tonny J. Oyana of University of Tennessee, Jennifer Ann Haegele of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Sonia Garcia of Texas A&M University, Timothy Hawthorne of Georgia State University, Joe Morgan of Jacksonville State University, and Nekya Young of Tennessee State University give an intriguing look into a place-based approach to retention of underrepresented students in STEM in their article "Nurturing Diversity in STEM Fields through Geography: the Past, the Present, and the Future. …

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