Louis Nadelson is an associate professor in the College of Education at Boise State University. His scholarly interests include all areas of STEM teaching and learning, in-service and pre-service teacher professional development, program evaluation, multidisciplinary research, and conceptual change. Nadelson relies on his degrees in science, mathematics, education, and cognitive psychology to guide his research on teacher learning, preparation, practice, and student learning outcomes in STEM. He also uses more than 20 years of high school and college math and science teaching experience to frame his research on STEM teaching and learning.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has entered the public realm as a major topic of conversation and a strategic initiative. Yet, there is ongoing debate about how to define STEM and what STEM means in terms of learning and instruction. In this podcast, Dr. Nadelson discusses his model that defines STEM on a continuum and looks at the range of methodologies for teaching STEM. This framework has led to the development and/or adoption of a number of programs that prepare pre-service and in-service teachers to teach STEM. He also outlines some key STEM education initiatives, including IDoTeach, a UTeach replication effort, and i-STEM, a teacher professional development program.