Texas schools are attempting to solve problems associated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning.
For two faculty members in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University, that’s where project-based learning (PBL) — a teaching method that gives students the freedom to find unique ways to solve problems — comes in.
From online professional development for teachers to a book designed to help them provide contextualized learning for their students, Professors of Mathematics Education Robert and Mary Margaret Capraro are helping to change classroom instruction for students and educators in Texas with STEM-focused PBL. Students engage in critical and creative thinking while working mathematically, scientifically and technologically to solve problems presented to them.
“We can’t expect teachers to just do this on their own – they don’t have enough planning time,” Mary Margaret Capraro said…
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