The Importance of Early STEM Education

Authored by: Susanna Hapgood , Charlene M. Czerniak , Kimberly Brenneman , Douglas H. Clements , Richard A. Duschl , Marilyn Fleer , Daryl Greenfield , Helen Hadani , Nancy Romance , Julie Sarama , Christina Schwarz , Beth VanMeeteren

Handbook of Research on STEM Education

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367075606
eBook ISBN: 9780429021381
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429021381-10

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Abstract

This chapter summarizes important findings regarding Early Childhood (EC)-STEM education and the many benefits of STEM education for young children. Over the last several decades, although much has been learned about how young children learn STEM disciplines and how educators can foster such learning, there remain serious shortcomings in our capacities to (a) measure EC STEM learning, (b) increase EC educators’ knowledge about and comfort with STEM ideas, (c) institute effective policies to expand access to high-quality STEM learning opportunities worldwide, and (d) create and disseminate robust curricular materials, especially integrated STEM materials, specifically designed for EC learners.

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