Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 22, 2016 - Education - 336 pages

Rethink traditional teaching methods to improve student learning and retention in STEM

Educational research has repeatedly shown that compared to traditional teacher-centered instruction, certain learner-centered methods lead to improved learning outcomes, greater development of critical high-level skills, and increased retention in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Teaching and Learning STEM presents a trove of practical research-based strategies for designing and teaching STEM courses at the university, community college, and high school levels. The book draws on the authors' extensive backgrounds and decades of experience in STEM education and faculty development. Its engaging and well-illustrated descriptions will equip you to implement the strategies in your courses and to deal effectively with problems (including student resistance) that might occur in the implementation. The book will help you:

  • Plan and conduct class sessions in which students are actively engaged, no matter how large the class is
  • Make good use of technology in face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses and flipped classrooms
  • Assess how well students are acquiring the knowledge, skills, and conceptual understanding the course is designed to teach
  • Help students develop expert problem-solving skills and skills in communication, creative thinking, critical thinking, high-performance teamwork, and self-directed learning
  • Meet the learning needs of STEM students with a broad diversity of attributes and backgrounds

The strategies presented in Teaching and Learning STEM don't require revolutionary time-intensive changes in your teaching, but rather a gradual integration of traditional and new methods. The result will be continual improvement in your teaching and your students' learning.

More information about Teaching and Learning STEM can be found at


including its preface, foreword, table of contents, first chapter, a reading guide, and reviews in 10 prominent STEM education journals.


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51 Assignments That Promote Self
Introduction to College Teaching
Designing Courses
Effective Teaching
ObjectivesCognitive Domain
in Teaching
No Activities
Interlude Is Technology a Friend or Foe of Learning?
Teaching with Technology
Michelle Ryan
Evaluating Knowledge Skills
Facilitating Skill Development
ProblemSolving Skills
Problem Solution

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Planning Class Sessions
81 Skills and Learning Objectives
Teaching Courses
Aisha and Rachel
Active Learning
List of Tables
Professional Skills
Teamwork Skills
LearnerCentered Teaching Revisited
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About the author (2016)

RICHARD M. FELDER, PHD, is Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University and author of the bestselling Wiley textbook Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, now in its fourth edition. He is the inaugural recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Engineering Education, presented in 2012 by the American Society for Engineering Education.

REBECCA BRENT, EdD, is President of Education Designs, Inc., a consulting firm in North Carolina, and is a certified educational program evaluator. Prior to her work in consulting, she was an associate professor of education at East Carolina University.

Separately and together, Drs. Felder and Brent have published over 300 papers and presented over 700 workshops and seminars on STEM education on campuses around the world.

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