A new understanding of our confusion: Insights from a year-long STEM fellowship program

Christopher Seals, Akesha Horton, Inese Berzina-Pitcher, Punya Mishra

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This chapter discusses the philosophies and practices that drive the MSUrbanSTEM Leadership & Teaching Fellowship Program. This multi-year project offers a professional development program to a selected cohort of K-12 STEM educators from Chicago Public Schools, one of the largest urban districts in the U.S. This chapter provides a holistic view of the program, shares the fellow selection process, and focuses on the strategically developed curriculum and the theoretical bases for the chosen pedagogy. This allows the authors to explore the psychological and philosophical principles, based on the idea of accepting confusion, and embracing failure in beliefs about pedagogy and STEM instruction, which are used to expand the skills and abilities of these selected urban school teachers. Finally, we provide some initial findings about the teachers' growth and development both in their efficacy and leadership abilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Teacher Education and Professional Development
EditorsChristie Martin, Drew Polly
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781522510680
ISBN (Print)9781522510673
StatePublished - Sep 23 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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