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Creating Project-Based STEM Environments

The REAL Way

  • Jennifer Wilhelm
  • Ronald Wilhelm
  • Merryn Cole
Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Key Features of a Project-Based Classroom

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jennifer Wilhelm, Ronald Wilhelm, Merryn Cole
      Pages 3-5
    3. Jennifer Wilhelm, Ronald Wilhelm, Merryn Cole
      Pages 7-20
    4. Jennifer Wilhelm, Ronald Wilhelm, Merryn Cole
      Pages 21-34
    5. Jennifer Wilhelm, Ronald Wilhelm, Merryn Cole
      Pages 35-41
  3. Example Project-Based STEM Units Designed for the Middle Level

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Jennifer Wilhelm, Ronald Wilhelm, Merryn Cole
      Pages 45-109
    3. Jennifer Wilhelm, Ronald Wilhelm, Merryn Cole
      Pages 111-140
  4. Teacher Implementation Strategies, Obstacles to Overcome, and Student Learning Successes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Jennifer Wilhelm, Ronald Wilhelm, Merryn Cole
      Pages 143-156
    3. Jennifer Wilhelm, Ronald Wilhelm, Merryn Cole
      Pages 157-214
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 215-219

About this book

Introduction

This book models project-based environments that are intentionally designed around the United States Common Core State Standards (CCSS, 2010) for Mathematics, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States, 2013) for Science, and the National Educational Technology Standards (ISTE, 2008).  The primary purpose of this book is to reveal how middle school STEM classrooms can be purposefully designed for 21st Century learners and provide evidence regarding how situated learning experiences will result in more advanced learning. This Project-Based Instruction (PBI) resource illustrates how to design and implement interdisciplinary project-based units based on the REAL (Realistic Explorations in Astronomical Learning – Unit 1) and CREATES (Chemical Reactions Engineered to Address Thermal Energy Situations – Unit 2). The content of the book details these two PBI units with authentic student work, explanations and research behind each lesson (including misconceptions students might hold regarding STEM content), pre/post research results of unit implementation with over 40 teachers and thousands of students. In addition to these two units, there are chapters describing how to design one’s own research-based PBI units incorporating teacher commentaries regarding strategies, obstacles overcome, and successes as they designed and implemented their PBI units for the first time after learning how to create PBI STEM Environments the “REAL” way.

Keywords

Project-based learning Science education Mathematics education Spatial-scientific understanding Curriculum design STEM Education

Authors and affiliations

  • Jennifer Wilhelm
    • 1
  • Ronald Wilhelm
    • 2
  • Merryn Cole
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of STEM EducationUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics & AstronomyUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Teaching and LearningUniversity of Nevada Las VegasLas VegasUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-04952-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-04951-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-04952-2
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