June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Pre-College Engineering Education Division
The National Science Foundation implemented the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors to transition into K-12 education. One of the aims for grants awarded through this program is to increase the number of current STEM undergraduate majors who are exposed to the teaching profession and who then apply to secondary science or mathematics education certification programs. This paper provides an overview of a paid teaching internship program developed for current STEM undergraduates, the evaluation of the program’s ability to impact the participants’ learning and career plans, and the project team’s insight from their experience running this unique program. This education internship program currently places students with secondary STEM teachers where they first observe and assist in the classroom, and finally, design and teach lessons under supervision. The experiences of approximately 82 interns were probed during interviews with the program evaluator at the end of the respective intern’s semester program (90.1% of all the interns participated in exit interviews). Questions asked during the semi-structured exit interviews were designed to gather information about students’ experiences, gauge their expectations for the program, document what students learned within the program, and monitor the impact of the internship experience on their careers. While only a subset of students reported that they definitely wanted to teach and were looking into graduate programs in education, other interns stated that they would consider teaching at some point within their careers.
Kennedy, M. S., & Benson, L., & Cook, M., & Martin, L. (2017, June), Developing Teaching Internships for Science and Engineering Undergraduate Students and Project Team Reflection (Evaluation) Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28152
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