This book makes a case for a STEM-based approach across the curriculum by highlighting the potential impacts of rapid societal change, newly emerging information technologies, and the increasing demand for a new generation of skillful and well-rounded citizens and workers. The book discusses how thinking skills, collaborative learning, communications-related information technologies, science and math, language and literacy, and arts education can be used as mutually reinforcing instruments in preparing young learners. The role of the family, teachers, and school administration in creating an environment where young students can stand a chance is also articulated. Above all, the book reiterates the value of pedagogically attuned teachers who are sensitive to the diversity of backgrounds and capabilities of students. They will oversee and guide the transformation of young learners who will be trained to trust their creativity, humanity, and critical thinking skills in navigating the 21st century world.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Dennis Adams is a former elementary school teacher who has taught at the University of Minnesota, University of Maine, and McGill University in Montreal. He did graduate work at Harvard University and has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of more than 25 books and more than a hundred journal articles on various educational topics.
Mary Hamm has taught at Ohio State University and the University of Colorado. More recently, she has been teaching at San Francisco State University. She has worked on both math and science standards and has published more than a dozen books and eighty journal articles on these subjects.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Essential Skills in a Changing World
Chapter 1: Thinking Skills: Critical and Creative Thinking in a Technologically-Intensive World
Chapter 2: Collaborative Learning: Teamwork and Social Learning Strategies
Chapter 3: Communication Technologies
Chapter 4: Science and Mathematics: 21st Century Practices in the Classroom
Chapter 5: Language and Literacy: Communications Skills in a Digital Age
Chapter 6: Arts Education: Connections, Knowledge, and Informed Encounters