Math Instruction Broadening to STEM Education

Math Instruction Broadening to STEM Education

Some mathematics educators are broadening the instruction they give students to integrate science, technology and engineering with the goal of better preparing students for future study and careers and making student learning more engaging and relevant to real-life.

Among the educators surveyed for Simba Information’s new report K-12 Mathematics Market Survey Report 2019, one-quarter reported that the integration of STEM education has been implemented at some or all grade levels in their schools. An additional one-third said STEM education was at the early implementation stage.

Educators are integrating STEM instruction in a variety of ways in the 2018-2019 school year. The most common method is having science, mathematics and technology teachers plan and teach cooperatively. Another subset of educators said technology and engineering layers had been grafted into math and science curriculum, while a smaller group reported the four disciplines had been integrated with a unified new curriculum.

A higher percentage of K-5 teachers said math, science and technology teachers were planning and teaching cooperatively, than middle-school teachers or high school teachers. Conversely, a lower percentage of K-5 teachers said technology and engineering layers had been grafted into math and science curriculum than grades 6-8 teachers and grades 9-12 teachers.

For in-depth information about the K-12 mathematics curriculum market, check out Simba Information’s K-12 Mathematics Market Survey Report 2019, published in February. To learn more or to purchase the report, call 888-297-4622 or e-mail customerservice@simbainformation.com.