New projects examine collegiate STEM education

New projects examine collegiate STEM education Monday, August 14, 2017

Researchers will study the differences between high school and college instruction
Researchers will study the differences between high school and college instruction

With the help of grants from the National Science Foundation, two University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers are conducting interdisciplinary studies the hope to achieve improvement in the collegiate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Marilyne Stains, associate professor of chemistry, and Brian Couch, assistant professor of biological sciences, will examine STEM education from the perspectives of both students and faculty.

The researcher’s goals are to help STEM faculty adapt their instruction to ease students’ transition from high school to college in the hope that fewer undergraduates will abandon STEM majors.

“The analysis of these data will provide insight into how ideas around teaching innovation might be shared, especially in research-focused environments,” the researchers wrote.