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Workforce Education Models for K-12 STEM Education Programs: Reflections on, and Implications for, the NSF ITEST Program

Authors
  • Reider, David1
  • Knestis, Kirk2
  • Malyn-Smith, Joyce3
  • 1 Education Design, INC, Newton, MA, USA , Newton (United States)
  • 2 Hezel Associates, LLC, Syracuse, NY, USA , Syracuse (United States)
  • 3 Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), Waltham, MA, USA , Waltham (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Science Education and Technology
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Publication Date
Jul 20, 2016
Volume
25
Issue
6
Pages
847–858
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10956-016-9632-6
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

This article proposes a STEM workforce education logic model, tailored to the particular context of the National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program. This model aims to help program designers and researchers address challenges particular to designing, implementing, and studying education innovations in the ITEST program, considering ongoing needs and challenges in STEM workforce education in the USA. It is grounded in conceptual frameworks developed previously by teams of ITEST constituents, for their part intended to frame STEM career education, consider how people select and prepare for STEM careers, and reinforce the important distinction between STEM content and STEM career learnings. The authors take a first step in what they hope will be an ongoing discussion and research agenda by test-fitting assumptions of the model to exploratory case studies of recent NSF ITEST projects. Brief implications for future research and other considerations are provided.

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