STEMTEC's fundamental objective is to improve science and mathematics teaching in the schools by educating a generation of
teachers who are better prepared in the content and pedagogy of these fields. STEMTEC will also contribute to the important
task of elevating the status of teaching as a profession on the campus and in the community. The programs we discuss below
are designed to meet the specific goals, but they will also contribute to a broader agenda of changing the campus culture and
reshaping how we teach science and mathematics to all students. The following specific project goals address the needs of the
future teachers who will teach science and mathematics at all grade levels:
Achieving the project's goals requires a variety of related efforts which will be covered in turn in the following sections.
- Assist college science, mathematics, and engineering faculty in learning and adopting new pedagogic approaches,
especially in courses for future teachers.
- Improve the preparation of elementary teachers to teach science and mathematics.
- Improve the preparation of middle school science and mathematics teachers and of elementary school science and
- Increase the exposure of majors in science, mathematics, engineering, and related fields to teaching experiences and the
possibility of teaching as a career and to increase the number entering the teaching profession.
- Increase the number of women and minorities-high school students, college students, and returning students-preparing to
be science and mathematics teachers, especially those living in inner cities and in poor rural areas.
- Develop a program to support new science and mathematics teachers in their first years in the classroom.
- Document and disseminate the program nationally.
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