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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education

Program Objectives

Masters of Science

The objectives of the STEM MS program are that students

  1. Develop deep understandings of the:
    1. Theory and research on learning and development, cognitive science, and the sociocultural foundations of education
    2. Developmental, pedagogical, content specific, and sociocultural challenges inherent in teaching and learning
    3. Research results and research methods appropriate for the development of studies that will contribute to new theoretical insights and practical approaches to education
    4. Knowledge and practices in their respective disciplines
    5. Theory and research on learning and teaching in their discipline.
  2. Develop abilities to:
    1. Express themselves and disseminate in effective ways, through different media, the results of their research (for example, orally, in writing, through video)
    2. Address questions of educational and social relevance grounded in disciplinary knowledge
    3. Collaborate with others on joint research projects
    4. Situate their research within a global and international community.
  3. Show and understand respect for children, teachers, students, and educators

Doctor of Philosophy

The objectives of the STEM PhD program are that students

  1. Develop a deep understanding of the:
    1. Theory and research on learning and development, cognitive science, and the sociocultural foundations of education
    2. Developmental, pedagogical, content specific, and sociocultural challenges inherent in teaching and learning
    3. Research results and research methods appropriate for the development of studies that will contribute to new theoretical insights and practical approaches to education
    4. Knowledge and practices in their respective disciplines
    5. Theory and research on learning and teaching in their disciplines
  2. Develop abilities to:
    1. Express themselves and disseminate in effective ways, through different media, the results of their research (for example, orally, in writing, through video)
    2. Address questions of educational and social relevance grounded in disciplinary knowledge
    3. Collaborate with others on joint research projects
    4. Situate their research within a global and international community
  3. Show and understand respect for children, teachers, students, and educators
  4. Build on the work of others and eventually contribute to the corpus of human knowledge and understanding in their field
  5. Formulate researchable questions, design methods for addressing them, discover a solution, and validate conclusions