Considering STEM for Learners With Disabilities and Other Diverse Needs

Authored by: James D. Basham , Matthew T. Marino , Cassandra L. Hunt , Kyounggun Han

Handbook of Research on STEM Education

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

Print ISBN: 9780367075606
eBook ISBN: 9780429021381
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There is a clear need to promote interdisciplinary STEM education and participation in the STEM workforce. Individuals with disabilities can make a valuable contribution to the global STEM community. Scientists like Stephen Hawking, Temple Grandin, Thomas Edison, and Albert Einstein serve as examples. However, a myriad of institutional, situational, and individual barriers must be overcome. This chapter describes the barriers and presents Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework to enhance equity, personalize learning, and promote STEM careers for individuals with disabilities. Research related to STEM education at the K-12 and postsecondary levels is discussed.

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