Newswise — STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has entered the public realm as a major topic of conversation and a strategic initiative. Yet, there is ongoing debate about how to define STEM and what STEM means in terms of learning and instruction. In a podcast, Boise State University education professor Louis Nadelson discusses his model that defines STEM on a continuum and looks at the range of methodologies for teaching STEM. This framework has led to the development and/or adoption of a number of programs that prepare pre-service and in-service teachers to teach STEM. He also outlines some key STEM education initiatives, including IDoTeach, a UTeach replication effort, and i-STEM, a teacher professional development program.

Nadelson is an associate professor in the College of Education at Boise State University. His scholarly interests include all areas of STEM teaching and learning, in-service and pre-service teacher professional development, program evaluation, multidisciplinary research, and conceptual change. Nadelson relies on his degrees in science, mathematics, education, and cognitive psychology to guide his research on teacher learning, preparation, practice, and student learning outcomes in STEM. He also uses more than 20 years of high school and college math and science teaching experience to frame his research on STEM teaching and learning.

To schedule an interview with Nadelson, please contact Dave Harbison, University Communications, at (208) 426-1426 or daveharbison@boisestate.edu; or Sherry Squires, University Communications, at (208) 426-1563 or ssquires@boisestate.edu.

Listen to Nadelson’s podcast, as well as those on diverse topics from a number of other Boise State University faculty experts, at http://beyondtheblue.boisestate.edu/, Boise State’s award-winning website of presentations on a wide range of relevant topics.

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