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Integrating independent research into science curricula to foster STEM leadership
Author(s): Craig Queenan; Alyssa Calabro; David Becker

Paper Abstract

Preparing students for college and future careers is one of the main goals of K-12 education, but current STEM teaching methods do not do enough to interest students and leave them prepared to enter into and succeed in STEM careers. While measures to implement unifying standards for science education across the country are aimed at ensuring that all students are taught the same material at each grade level, a shift in the way science is taught to is needed to complete the redesign of science education. The independent research model described here aligns with the new content standards and focuses on developing the principles of perspective, purpose, resources, collaboration, analysis, and presentation. These principles not only engage students in the classroom, but also leave students prepared to enter into science programs in college and succeed in leadership roles in the STEM workforce.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 May 2013
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8729, Scanning Microscopies 2013: Advanced Microscopy Technologies for Defense, Homeland Security, Forensic, Life, Environmental, and Industrial Sciences, 87290F (29 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2015991
Show Author Affiliations
Craig Queenan, Bergen County Academies (United States)
Alyssa Calabro, Bergen County Academies (United States)
David Becker, Bergen County Academies (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8729:
Scanning Microscopies 2013: Advanced Microscopy Technologies for Defense, Homeland Security, Forensic, Life, Environmental, and Industrial Sciences
Michael T. Postek; Dale E. Newbury; S. Frank Platek; Tim K. Maugel, Editor(s)

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