About this Research Topic
The core of several efforts to transform STEM education center on mechanistic methodologies that center quantitative assessments as the direct measure of effective educational experiences. Additional research efforts focus on the role of equity and inclusion in STEM course environments as essential components for quantitative success. The goal of this collection is to reorient STEM researchers and practitioners to reconsider the actual purpose of the practice of teaching, and the ways in which those realities call upon practitioners to consider contemporary, evidence-based approaches; similarly, practitioners are also asked to incorporate or align current practices with the constructs of education’s psychosocial experience. In this Research Topic, we invite scholarship that questions traditional practices, through nuanced, complex yet informed realities of bringing humanism to pedagogical praxis within STEM. We see this article collection grounded in forward-thinking, proactive scholarship as openings to new conversations driving STEM education toward feasible, meaningful ways to codify equity-minded higher education course experiences.
This Research Topic welcomes contribution ranging from classroom studies to longitudinal efforts to infuse humanism in STEM pedagogical praxis. We are interested in manuscripts that promote an emphasis on interrogating systems of science, student learning, and the role humanism can play in dismantling historic methods of marginalization in STEM education. The research themes include (but are not limited to):
- Epistemological (re)considerations on the purpose of what is taught
- Belonging and/or mattering in developing a humanistic lens in STEM
- Antiracist education
- Equity in STEM
- Humanistic approaches to STEM
- High impact practices in STEM
- New methodologies to study STEM teaching and/or finding evidence of the value of humanism in STEM
Keywords: STEM education, humanism, critical methodology, inclusion
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