The apparent heterogeneity of the national stem landscape: does it reflect reality or is it an illusion?
Date of Award
Ed.S. in Educational Leadership
Department of Educational Leadership
Advisor: C. Daniel Raisch
The word Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) has become an important buzz word in education. In spite of the fact that there are millions of dollars being spent every year on STEM education reform" there is a lack of information about what the national STEM landscape looks like. In this research project the author deconstructs the national STEM landscape by posing the question about whether it is homogenous or heterogeneous. According to the STEMx national map, STEM "reform" efforts are heterogeneous but this graphic does not take into account locally-procured STEM "reforms." The author called all fifty (50) state education agencies to conduct a six question survey concerning STEM "reform" efforts. The survey data revealed that strong STEM learning networks and state-level legislation help to garner the support structures needed to build strong STEM "reform" efforts. However, having STEM learning networks and state-level legislation are not prerequisites to locally-procured STEM "reform.""
Science Study and teaching United States Case studies, Technology Study and teaching United States Case studies, Engineering Study and teaching United States Case studies, Mathematics Study and teaching United States Case studies, Education; educational leadership; STEM; STEM landscape; STEM education; school reform
Copyright 2013, author
Miller, Kurtz K., "The apparent heterogeneity of the national stem landscape: does it reflect reality or is it an illusion?" (2013). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 632.