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Report: Reforming STEM Ed at Research ­niversities


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A new report suggests instructional methods for science, technology, engineering, and math undergraduate programs must change to keep pace with education research.

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Instructional methods for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) undergraduate programs must change with education research, according to a report from the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement.

The report includes case studies that profile current and past efforts to transform teaching and learning in STEM fields. The case studies include the "Science Education Initiative" at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of British Columbia in Canada, the "Freshman Research Initiative" at the University of Texas at Austin, a program to innovate within the physics and biology programs at Cornell University, and the "Instilling Quantitative and Integrative Reasoning" (INQUIRE) program at Michigan State University.

The report is based on the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative, which aims to encourage STEM departments at member universities to use teaching practices proven to be effective in engaging students in STEM education.

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