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STEM Education: What Does the Research Show?

What does the research show about developing STEM literacy, and improving instruction and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics?


Are you attending COABE 2013? I invite you to share information about the numeracy sessions you have attended or are presenting on?  Please share with everyone who wasn't able to be in New Orleans.



Remembering a Math Trailblazer: Join Us Next Week to Discuss Myrna Manly’s Contributions to the Field


All LINCS Community members; especially those interested in mathematics and assessment;  are invited to join a discussion in the Math and Numeracy group next week, Monday-Friday, March 18-22,  honoring Myrna Manly’s contributions to the adult education field.

Open Education Resources: NASA Earth Observatory

Open Education Resources: NASA Earth Observatory:


This website is an old favorite for use in adult basic education.  Through satellite images, one can learn a lot about Earth science/space science, geography, technology, the uses of mathematics, and current events (meteor fragments over the Urals, for example).  Here is a brief sample of the riches of this resource:


Free adult education science videos online

Science teaching colleagues,

I am interested in  free, online, adult-oriented science and math teaching videos. (You can download  a 21-page list of math instructional videos I put together, organized by math topic, and with an introduction about how to use them, from  )

The Journey North


Journey North:  A Global Study of Wildlife Migration and Seasonal Change


Parts and Wholes...

We've had two classes with our three students in our pilot of a conceptual mini-module for math.   We're using materials from Dorothea Steinke's "part and whole" curriculum and a trial run of the very visual software.

Teaching science in adult education

There are over four hundred members of this discussion group.  It would be very helpful to know the range of science teaching practices that our programs and interests represent. 

How do YOU address issues of teaching science in adult education programs?    Do you have a dedicated time/day in which science is taught?  Does your program offer a specific "science class"?  Do learners participate in hands-on experiments?  If you are an instructor, do you use individualized computer-based program learning? Do you use Internet-based resources (Open Education Resources)? 

"Motivation" more important than "ability"   

Surprise (not really ;))... innate ability isn't what matters most.   Internal locus of control (thinking that your efforts improve your odds of success) and making connections (over memorizing steps) is more important. 

Computer based math

     A while back I found that some folks had put up some videos on YouTube of a computer math summit right here in my area... alas, it was over...   They recently had another, in the UK... and have started a discussion forum.


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