Impacting Teacher and Counselor Practices as They Support Traditionally Underrepresented Students to Pursue STEM Majors and Careers

Amari T. Simpson, Lara Hebert, Luisa Rosu, Meagan Pollock, William Trent, Lorenzo Baber, Lynford Goddard

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Abstract

This Innovative Practice Work in Progress paper presents Catalyzing Inclusive STEM Experiences All Year Round (CISTEME365), a multi-year project funded by the National Science Foundation. We designed a networked community of middle/high school teachers, counselors, and administrators focused on improved understanding and promoting practices that increase students' motivations and capacities to pursue science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) careers. We also collaborated with them to implement out-of-school-time STEM clubs that provide engineering design, project-based, and other hands-on experiences to students throughout the school year. We investigated the experiences of K-12 students, educators, and administrators during a year-round engineering and technology-rich informal learning environment. Single-person interviews, focus groups, and surveys provided initial findings on how CISTEME365 programming influenced STEM content knowledge, career awareness, awareness of micro-messaging and equitable access, and persistence in STEM endeavors. School teachers, counselors, and administrators reported significant changes in their asset-based learning, self-efficacy knowledge, STEM career awareness, micro-messaging awareness, equitable access awareness, and culturally-responsive instruction. This study highlights the importance of establishing a networked community of school educators to better support and develop traditionally underrepresented students' interest in STEM and, subsequently, improve the diversity of the technical workforce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2020 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728189611
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 21 2020
Event2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2020 - Uppsala, Sweden
Duration: Oct 21 2020Oct 24 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Volume2020-October
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2020
CountrySweden
CityUppsala
Period10/21/2010/24/20

Keywords

  • access
  • school educator practices
  • STEM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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