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 our last issue of the year (Volume 16, Issue 4) for the Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research . Readers will find that our authors'excellent research continues and that the newest issue features eight exciting articles that describe new approaches to improving students' learning through hands-on experiences and exposure to real-world case studies, as well as a special thank-you to our reviewers from the past year.

In "A Case for the Need of Using Scaffolding Methods in Teaching Introductory, Fundamental Engineering Mechanics Classes,"Peggy Boylan-Ashraf, Steven Freeman, and Mark Shelley of Iowa State University explore the benefits of student-centered teaching through scaffolding pedagogies in introductory and fundamental engineering classes.

In "Gender Differences in Conceptualizations of STEM Career Interest: Complimentary Perspectives from Data Mining, Multivariate Data Analysis and Multidimensional Scaling,"Gerald Knezek of the University of North Texas analyze the gender differences in students' interest in STEM careers.

Carol Fabby of the University of Cincinnati compares students' scientific reasoning and problem solving skills to uncover trends of success in "Examining the Relationship of Scientific Reasoning with Physics Problem Solving."

"Redesigned High Schools for Transformed STEM Learning: Performance Assessment Pilot Outcome"by Jeremy Ernst, Virginia Tech, and Elizabeth Glennie, Research Triangle Institute, evaluates the success of the Redesigned High Schools for Transformed STEM Learning project. …

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