WORKFORCE

Not all STEM teachers work in a classroom

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Science  10 Nov 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6364, pp. 759-760
DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6364.759-e

There are many ways to develop the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) workforce. The CalTeach program integrates evidence, best practices of pedagogy, internship, and reflection to provide opportunities for students to explore STEM teaching. Whang-Sayson et al. investigated the impact of the CalTeach program on students who ultimately chose not to become teachers. This “nonteaching” population was surveyed regarding their attitudes and beliefs about education, including their appreciation of teachers, being informed about education issues in their community, and likelihood of participating in STEM outreach programs. Results were positive, indicating that, when structured as service-learning experiences with classroom exposure, teacher recruitment programs can positively affect the attitudes of those students who do not choose teaching careers, ultimately positioning them to become advocates for STEM education.

J. Coll. Sci. Teach. 47, 24 (2017).

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