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Some K-12 schools have begun requiring that all students learn coding as a means of encouraging the next generation of computer scientists and of fostering higher-order thinking. What does that mean for higher education? Here are four possibilities. October 3, 2013View External Website
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 was released last week, and for the most part little has changed for science achievement since 2007. In 2011, the average science score of U.S. 4th-graders (544) was higher than the international TIMSS scale average (500). The United States was among the top 10 education systems in science, and scored higher than 47 education systems. Six education systems with average scores above the U.S. were Korea, Singapore, Finland, Japan, the Russian Federation, and Chinese Taipei-CHN. The average science score of U.S. 8th graders in 2011 was 525, higher than the TIMSS average scale score of 500. At grade 8, the United States was among the top 23 education systems in science (12 education systems had higher averages and 10 were not measurably different) and scored higher, on average, than 33 education systems. The 12 education systems with average science scores above the U.S. score were Singapore, Massachusetts-USA, Chinese Taipei-CHN, Korea, Japan, Minnesota-USA, Finland, Alberta-CAN, Slovenia, the Russian Federation, Colorado-USA, and Hong Kong-CHN. There was no measurable difference between the U.S. average science score at grade 8 in 2007 (520) and in 2011 (525) or at grade 4 in 2007 (539) and in 2011 (544). In 2011, 57 countries and other education systems administered TIMSS at grade 4, and 56 administered TIMSS at grade 8. Published December 17, 2012.View External Website
While interest is certainly a factor in getting girls to study and pursue a career in STEM, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, say more attention should be given to building confidence in their abilities early in their education.View External Website
"Educate to Innovate" is a new campaign announced by President Obama, making STEM education a national priority. The call to action incorporates programs and partnerships designed to increase STEM literacy so that all students can learn deeply, think critically, and solve problems. As part of the campaign, STEM education and career opportunities will expanded for underrepresented groups, including women and girls. Click on the link to read more about the campaign and watch the STEM education video. View External Website
Presents the findings of two national surveys, conducted online by Harris Interactive, of college students currently pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees and of parents of K-12 students. The goal of the surveys was to gain insight about what can better prepare and inspire students to pursue post-secondary education in STEM subjects.44_STEM_Perceptions-Students_and_Parents_Study.pdf44_STEM-IG.pdf
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