CREATE Science Seminar Speaker: Dr. Mary Besterfield-Sacre, University of Pittsburgh
January 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
Title: GenZ and STEM Education Today – How to Capitalize on the Crossroads
Abstract: Freeman and colleagues (2015) provided substantial proof what we have intuitively known for quite some time – active learning improves students’ learning in STEM. However, given the digital age, learning science research and students’ access to information, we as educators are continuously challenged in the classroom, as the number of active learning practices are large and unwieldly. So where does one start?
This presentation discusses current practices and trends in STEM education that promote student learning with an eye on Generation Z – those individuals who are entering college. These true digital natives have a negative reputation of being “glued” to their phone, yet this generation has many positives and is concerned about their education. Unlike Millennials, GenZ students might be more in tune with solving problems of today and tomorrow as their passions are coupled with practicality. To this end, a framework is provided, along with examples, to guide educators to navigate the active learning-GenZ landscape.