Chapter 12: The Benefits of Cross-Talk: Cognitive Psychologists and STEM Educators from Multiple Disciplines Can Enrich Their Research and Enhance STEM Education Through Shared Knowledge
Mark A. McDaniel, Regina F. Frey, Susan M. Fitzpatrick, & Henry L. Roediger III
The inaugural 2012 CIRCLE conference and this accompanying book come at an important time when there are many national calls to transforming STEM education. The 2012 report from President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology [(PCAST, 2012)] and numerous other reports [(e.g., National Research Council, 2012; [Brewer & Smith, 2011; National Science Board, 1996)] have issued a variety of recommendations that emphasize several key proposals including the following: implementing empirically-validated teaching methods, engaging students actively in their own learning, exposing students to research thinking and problem solving, and providing students with opportunities to engage in research and hands-on activities and to study real-world problems. These various types of active exposure lead to the development of key process (or professional) skills such as information processing, problem solving, and critical and analytical thinking [(Michaelsen et al., 2002; Prince, 2004)] that are needed for success in the workplace. These experiences also affect persistence of students in STEM majors; some studies show that such exposure can reduce or eliminate the achievement gap between majority and minority students [(Haak et al., 2011; Rath et al., 2007).] Hence, using evidence-based active-learning teaching practices in multiple STEM courses could result in diversifying STEM majors, in increasing retention of students in STEM majors, and in increasing the likelihood more students will consider STEM careers after graduation.
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Frey, R.F. & Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2014). The benefits of cross-talk: Cognitive psychologists and STEM educators from multiple disciplines can enrich their research and enhance STEM education through shared knowledge. In M. McDaniel, R. Frey, S. Fitzpatrick, & H.L. Roediger (Eds), Integrating cognitive science with innovative teaching in STEM disciplines [E-reader version] (pp. xxx-xxx). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7936/K7BG2KWM