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UW Professor Co-Edits Book That Educates Teachers on Implementing STEM in the Classroom

February 14, 2022
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Ali Bicer

A University of Wyoming faculty member served as co-editor for a recently published book on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.

Ali Bicer, an assistant professor in the UW School of Teacher Education, helped to edit “Internalization of STEM Education.” The book aims to support teachers in implementing research-based instructional practices in their science and mathematics classrooms.

“We live in a century that requires different skills to be successful than the previous centuries,” says Bicer, who teaches courses in math and science methods. “I want readers of this book to take with them the idea that STEM teachers should integrate research-based instructional practices into their teaching so that the students can solve multifaceted problems of this century.”

The book is composed of three parts. The first section of the book explores two unique contexts in which STEM education is being developed. The second part explores aspects of teacher professional development in STEM as well as the motivations for teachers to learn and improve their STEM pedagogy. The last section dives into issues related to STEM learning experiences for students.

Bicer’s role as a co-editor was to work with the other editors to discover gaps in current knowledge in STEM education to explore in the book; invite authors to participate; and make a final decision about the submitted content that would be published.

Other editors of the book are Joseph Johnson, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Physics at Mercyhurst University; Augusto Macalalag, an associate professor of STEM education at Arcadia University; and Ismail Sahin, editor of the International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology.

Bicer is passionate about creating new and dynamic instructional practices for teachers so they can further develop the education of their students and use problem-solving skills and creativity. His research interests have centered on STEM education in the classroom and how it can be implemented and improved.

“I believe my work, in general, will positively affect education in Wyoming,” Bicer says. “I am very proud when I visit my current students during their practicum teaching experience. Each student already does a wonderful job incorporating techniques that promote students’ creativity in STEM.”

“Internalization of STEM Education” was published by the ISTES (International Society for Technology, Education and Science) Organization. It is available to download at www.istes.org/internalization-of-stem-education-21-b.html.  

For more information, call Bicer at (307) 766-5044 or email abicer@uwyo.edu.

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