Mayes, Rittschof publish on the Real STEM Project

Robert Mayes, Ph.D.

Kent Rittschof, Ph.D.

Robert Mayes, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education, published two book chapters. Published in Interdisciplinary Mathematics Education: The State of the Art and Beyond, Mayes’ chapter, titled “Quantitative Reasoning and Its Role in Interdisciplinarity,” describes the Real STEM Project, a program conducted in middle and high schools around Georgia that supported the development of interdisciplinary STEM modules and courses in over 20 schools.

In an additional book chapter, titled “Interdisciplinary STEM: Broadening Participation of Underrepresented Groups,” Mayes analyzes how the Real STEM Project offers a broadening of under-represented groups in STEM including women, minorities and low-socio-economic class students. This chapter was published in Teaching Strategies: Perspectives, Challenges and Outcomes and co-authored with Michelle Thompson, Ed.D.

Mayes also co-authored an article with Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading Chair Kent Rittschof, Ph.D., and two others about the Real STEM program. The article, titled “Real STEM: An Interdisciplinary STEM Program, was published in the “Journal of Research in STEM Education,” and looks at the integration of STEM programs within the educational framework through the establishment of

STEM-designated schools and academic/career pathways. The goal of implementing STEM in grade 6 to 12 schools is to prepare students for the demands of the 21st century, while addressing future workforce needs, however often the STEM disciplines are taught independent of each other. The Real STEM Project focused on the development of interdisciplinary STEM experiences for students.

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