Integrated K-12 STEM Education

The visibility of integrated approaches to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has been increasing in K-12 schools. These approaches heavily rely on student-centered, hands-on instruction that requires interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems. However, a lack of clear understanding of the nature of integrated STEM education creates challenges for educators, who are often left to their own devices. Our integrated STEM Education faculty, Dr. Emily Dare and Dr. Joshua Ellis, work with in-service teachers, pre-service teachers, and K-12 students to explore ways the following research areas:

Teachers’ conceptions of STEM

In-service teacher education and professional development

Pre-service teacher education

Student interest in STEM and STEM careers

Integrated STEM curriculum development

Equity and diversity issues within K-12 STEM education


Collaborative Research: Design and Development of a K-12 STEM Observation Protocol
(PI: Dr. Emily Dare - FIU, Co-PIs: Dr. Joshua Ellis - FIU, Dr. Mark Rouleau – Michigan Technological University)
A collaborative project with University of Minnesota (PI: Dr. Gillian Roehrig) and St. Catherine University (PI: Dr. Elizabeth Ring-Whalen)