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Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: A Four-Dimensional Framework

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: A Four-Dimensional Framework
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Copyright: 2019
Pages: 19
Source title: Engaging STEM Students From Rural Areas: Emerging Research and Opportunities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Reenay R.H. Rogers (University of West Alabama, USA) and Yan Sun (Mississippi State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6341-9.ch006


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Improving STEM education in the U.S. stands to address one of the nation's priorities, increasing the STEM workforce. Rural students are a previously untapped source of potential; yet, these students lack STEM experiences, engagement, and scaffolding to stay motivated to complete an undergraduate program in STEM. Motivation is a key element for rural student interest and persistence in STEM; however, these students also must develop certain knowledge and skills to succeed as STEM professionals. The authors propose a model, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Framework, as a means to maintain motivation and prepare rural students for the rigors of a STEM major/career. In this chapter, the four-dimensional framework is unveiled along with examples of Project Engage's efforts to address each dimension.

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