Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) play an increasingly important role in addressing the critical needs of society and generating innovation that drives the global economy. The STEM Education faculty is committed to providing equitable access to STEM careers and literacy for a diverse community of learners. We build and cultivate interest in STEM topics through innovative and socially responsive research, teaching, and teacher preparation informed by the learning sciences.
Our STEM Education degrees prepare elementary teachers through the K-6 certification program and secondary teachers through GradUTeach, developed in partnership with the nationally recognized UTeach program. Our graduate students return to the classroom and educational organizations in leadership roles and go on to make major contributions in STEM education research and teaching. We also offer options that empower current teachers to extend their knowledge of STEM education.
Investigates the nature of STEM interests and interest-driven participation and learning, foundations of cognition in STEM disciplines, and learning out of schools.
Studies engineering and STEM higher education, including faculty, graduate students and undergraduates.
Explores the intersection of the sociopolitical and mathematical lives of children with a focus on identity and learning.
Investigates intersections of race, language, and mathematics through the experiences of Latinx students learning and doing mathematics.
Research explores the intersections of multilingualism, scientific sensemaking, and teacher education, with a specific focus on the ways multilingual students engage in science practices through translanguaging.
Focuses on the ways students learn in science courses using computational modeling.
Engages humanizing research approaches to examine equity-focused PK-16 STEM teaching and learning across urban contexts with a focus on Black girls.
Teaches courses for pre-service in STEM subjects and explores student understanding of mathematical and physical models.
Focuses on the social construction of gender and racial/ethnic inequality in educational opportunities and experiences in STEM fields from a sociological perspective. Methodological expertise in quantitative research methods and analyses of large sca...
Studies the ways culturally and linguistically diverse groups of people use disciplinary the core ideas and practices of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to explain phenomena or to solve problems that are meaningful and consequ...
Teaches preservice K-12 teachers how to teach meaningful STEM content in innovative, student- and community-centered ways.
Dr. Yeh's research examines the role race, class, gender, and language plays in the constructions of ability in mathematics classrooms.