Field Experience as the Centerpiece of an Integrated Model for STEM Teacher Preparation

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Teacher Education & Practice

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Van den Kieboom, Leigh A; McNew-Birren, Jill; Eckman, Ellen; Silver-Thorn, M. Barbara
Rowman & Littlefield; e-Publications@Marquette
Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering; Education; Science and Mathematics Education
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The purpose of this study was to provide a descriptive account of one pathway for preparing high-quality STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teachers for work in high-need urban schools. In this account, we discuss the supports that STEM majors need in learning how to think about the content that they know well, through an educational perspective that focuses on teaching and learning. We also describe the approach that we use that integrates content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and three extensive teaching co-op experiences to facilitate the transition from successful STEM undergraduate students to effective teachers of STEM content. We suggest that by using the teaching co-op experiences to both filter and reflect on content and pedagogical content knowledge, the STEM undergraduates develop a particularly strong foundation of knowledge for teaching.