STEM learning, engagement, and persistence are closely linked with the development of identity for students. Educators need to fully understand what the personal and cultural values of their students are, their ways of knowing, and their unique community contexts to begin to build a solid scientific identity for their STEM learners. Research from the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) revealed that identity is manifested and expressed in a variety of ways that greatly impact how scientific identity is formed and sustained as students’ progress through grade levels. While conducting a series of interviews with students and educators, CAISE found the following connections between learning and personal identity:
- Identity can be measured through qualitative and quantitative approaches
- Students' expectations are shaped by aspects of their own identities which can create a positive feedback loop that encourages further STEM learning
- Identity and academic motivation are closely intertwined
The STEM for all Multiplex - in collaboration with the National Science Foundation - is hosting a panel discussion on Identity Development and STEM Learning on Tuesday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m. (eastern). Registration is free: click here to view the list of speakers and topics and to register for the event.
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