Summary: The aim of this project is to develop, validate, and disseminate a theoretical model of a STEM-integrated learning environment, the Globally-Connected STEM Classroom (GCC-STEM). The GCC-STEM includes a unique pedagogical model to cultivate students’ respectful, reflective, collaborative, and creative (R2C2) minds while they apply STEM-integrated knowledge to solve global issues related to sustainable development, through collaborative reasoning, data-driven arguments, and collective decisions. R2C2 minds are an essential part of the new STEM literacy required for 21st-century citizenry. R2C2 minds, STEM-integrated problem solving, sustainable development issues, and international collaborative learning are carefully selected ingredients of the GCC-STEM that will enhance students’ real-world problem solving. This project adopts a design-based research method, in which two iterative cycles of design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the GCC-STEM will be implemented. For intra-class activities with classmates and inter-class activities with international partners, STEM-integrated learning materials, lesson plans, a cyberspace and teacher training programs are being developed.
Faculty: Ikseon Choi, Youngkwon Bae, Emily Hodge, Brian Way
Students: Jasmine Choi, Karen Qian