Congress releases Wilson’s testimony about STEM education

October 21, 2011

On Oct. 12, 2011, MSU Teacher Education department chair Suzanne Wilson addressed Congress about ways to improve STEM education across the nation.

In her testimony, Wilson outlined a range of challenges that teachers face, and how these barriers discourage the advancement of STEM implementation. She states:

  • We have high aspirations for mathematics and science learning, and some new ideas about what children should learn about technology and engineering.
  • Many of our teachers have never experienced, as students, the learning we envision in those domains for their students.
  • We have a massively incoherent system and very challenging contexts for instructional improvement.
  • Yet we do know some things about improving instruction (including preservice and prospective teachers’ training). And there are concrete things we can do to address the challenges that lay before us.

Read Wilson’s full testimony.