Pedagogical Methods to Promote STEM Literacy

By Dharam Persaud-Sharma.

Published by The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning

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There is a general employment demand in both academia and industry for students who are pursuing studies in a discipline that is part of the STEM coalition: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. However, such demands fail to attract students to STEM careers as there is a high number of students who change academic paths away from an STEM focused degree at higher-level institutions, while students at levels K-12 do not know that such STEM professions exist. In this paper, a culturally relevant pedagogy is proposed for promoting Mathematics, Engineering, and Science literacy to students in grades K-12 and lower-level post-secondary students. This proposed teaching methodology aims to stimulate student interest in engineering, expose students to the social and academic skillset necessary to excel both academically and professionally in STEM fields, and ultimately increase and retain student enrollment in academia within the STEM disciplines.

Keywords: Teaching Strategies, STEM, Program Development, Student Retention, Student Performance

The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 618.466KB).

Dharam Persaud-Sharma

PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA

M.S.B.E., Ph.D.: Dharam Persaud completed his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He then completed a 1-year medical physics fellowship at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami, Florida. He completed both his master’s and doctorate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. His research is focused on developing and assessing novel Biomaterials for applications as minimally invasive endovascular devices. In his spare time, Dharam volunteers in the South Florida community with various non-profit organizations and serves as a mentor and teacher to High School/Middle School children about principles of engineering.