STEM Teacher Leadership in Policy

Authored by: Rebecca Hite , Rebecca E. Vieyra , Jeff Milbourne , Remy Dou , Timothy Spuck , John F. Smith

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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Calls for teacher leadership pathways have increased in recent years against a backdrop of political attention to STEM education. Public perception of PreK-12 grade STEM educators often confines teachers to roles in classrooms, while broader movements in STEM education have their origins in tightly coupled coordination between industry and policy spheres. We review the history of teachers’ engagement in STEM education policy and summarize the changing perceptions of teacher leadership in policy, illuminating implications for STEM teachers. We present a review of existing research on STEM teacher policy leadership, discuss emerging theoretical frameworks, and recommend future avenues of study.

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