Promoting Patient Problem Solving Using STEM Education Principles

Mark Oursland (Central Washington University)
Marcia Snyder (School Educator and Technology Education Specialist)

Article ID: 5312



Mathematics teachers know that most of their students are averse to patient problem solving. In this article a new method or perspective for posing engaging problems is explained. This method uses principles of STEM education to enable mathematics teachers to pose relevant real-world problems and facilitate student-initiated explorations that promote patient problem solving. Lessons integrating STEM disciplines expose the students to problems that allow them to naturally apply their knowledge and skills to find a solution.  The article includes an explanation of STEM education practices and resources for mathematics teachers.


STEM; Project-based learning; Technology; Science; Engineering design; Mathematics

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