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1. Chesney, Sarah. NAVIGATING THE TERRAIN OF STEM EDUCATION REFORM: TEACHERS’ PERSPECTIVES.

Degree: 2017, University of Pittsburgh

This study concerns the work of teachers as they implement ambitious educational reforms, which often requires teachers to shift toward significantly different approaches to pedagogy within their unique contexts (Metz, 2009). STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education represents the context of ambitious reform for this study, particularly with focuses on integration across STEM and other disciplines. Current studies tend not to address the practices of STEM teaching and learning, or their effectiveness with respect to design, implementation and resulting student outcomes. How then do educators do this work? As a problem of practice, how do teacher educators support educators in this work? As a qualitative case study, one interdisciplinary grade-level team, representing middle school mathematics, science, history and English Language Arts (ELA), was observed and interviewed during the planning and implementation of an upcoming collaborative project. Focus groups were used to clarify and member-check collected data. This purpose of this study was to better understand what the collaborative space contributes to the work of teachers in interdisciplinary collaboration. Findings suggest that teacher agency, in combination with intentional utilization of the collaborative space, provide opportunities for teachers to engage students through non-traditional instructional practices. In addition, the collaborative space appeared to allow for exploration of individual and group teaching practices. The external context also emerged as an essential support and motivation to sustain the collaborative space. In terms of interdisciplinary outcomes, this case appears to be driven by implicit frameworks for collaborative design, instruction and evaluation. It is unclear to what extent the outcomes were STEM-focused or integrated. In addition, the high leverage of the team’s beliefs may not represent actual student experiences (i.e., some students who thrive within a testing-focused culture, appear to resist open, student-driven learning experiences as designed by the team). Because of these findings, this study suggests several implications for teachers in defining the explicit frameworks used in their practice. Collaborative exploration of these frameworks may help teams better leverage teacher agency to be more disciplined in their approach to design, instruction and evaluation, and sustaining the work beyond the boundaries of their team.

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APA (6th Edition):

Chesney, S. (2017). NAVIGATING THE TERRAIN OF STEM EDUCATION REFORM: TEACHERS’ PERSPECTIVES. (Thesis). University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved from http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/33111/1/CHESNEY_DISSERTATION%20FINAL.pdf ; http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/33111/

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Chesney, Sarah. “NAVIGATING THE TERRAIN OF STEM EDUCATION REFORM: TEACHERS’ PERSPECTIVES.” 2017. Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. Accessed October 18, 2017. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/33111/1/CHESNEY_DISSERTATION%20FINAL.pdf ; http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/33111/.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Chesney, Sarah. “NAVIGATING THE TERRAIN OF STEM EDUCATION REFORM: TEACHERS’ PERSPECTIVES.” 2017. Web. 18 Oct 2017.

Vancouver:

Chesney S. NAVIGATING THE TERRAIN OF STEM EDUCATION REFORM: TEACHERS’ PERSPECTIVES. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of Pittsburgh; 2017. [cited 2017 Oct 18]. Available from: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/33111/1/CHESNEY_DISSERTATION%20FINAL.pdf ; http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/33111/.

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Council of Science Editors:

Chesney S. NAVIGATING THE TERRAIN OF STEM EDUCATION REFORM: TEACHERS’ PERSPECTIVES. [Thesis]. University of Pittsburgh; 2017. Available from: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/33111/1/CHESNEY_DISSERTATION%20FINAL.pdf ; http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/33111/

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