June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
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Perspectives on Pedagogical Innovation within a STEM Classroom While a critical need for pedagogical transformation within undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instruction is well documented within the research literature, the pace of change remains slow. Difficulties associated with implementing and sustaining instructional changes appear daunting— if not insurmountable—to many STEM faculty. Instructional innovations proposed in the research literature are, at best, only sporadically transferred to instructional practice. Resultantly, the course for STEM education towards systematic and lasting pedagogical transformation remains largely uncharted. To improve understanding of the challenges faced by STEM faculty who engage in pedagogical change, this paper presents a narrative account of instructional innovation occurring within undergraduate engineering calculus at a mid-‐size, western, public university. The instructional innovation requires first and second year calculus students to participate in an asynchronous, online discussion forum for graded course credit. The case narrative is told from the situated perspectives of three faculty members involved in the change: a mathematics educator implementing the online pedagogical innovation within his course, an engineering faculty peer mentor assisting with the implementation of the forum within the course, and a STEM education faculty member and administrator who is observing the process of change. We situate this qualitative study within the interpretive theoretical perspective with an understanding that people experience the world uniquely and, therefore, differently. We use narrative analysis of the three participants’ reflections to provide insights into the multi-‐faceted ways in which STEM faculty may experience barriers to enacting pedagogical change. Lastly, we use our analysis to provide recommendations for promoting grass-‐roots pedagogical change within STEM undergraduate education.
Minichiello, A., & Campbell, T., & Dorward, J., & Marx, S. (2015, June), Perspectives of Pedagogical Change Within a Broadcast STEM Course Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24563
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