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STEM Education in Rural Areas: From Research to Reality

STEM Education in Rural Areas: From Research to Reality
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Copyright: 2019
Pages: 20
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.ch001

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Abstract

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is challenged to produce enough graduates to maintain nationwide STEM workforce needs. This chapter discloses the importance of STEM education for developing a more scientifically literate citizenry prepared to face the challenges of an increasingly technological society and meet U.S. workforce demands. An examination of the state of STEM education reveals its current inability to produce enough qualified graduates to meet current and future needs. The researchers propose looking towards rural areas to supply the STEM pipeline running from college to STEM career. In order to capitalize on the rural school population, programs are needed to address the barriers between the rural student and college. This chapter outlines and expounds these barriers as well as introduces Project Engage as one such program determined to prepare rural students from the Alabama Black Belt region, particularly rural minority students, for STEM futures.

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