STELAR Webinar: Stories from ITEST - Culturally Competent Projects that Inspire Young People to Pursue STEM Careers (JOST Special Issue)
On February 28, STELAR hosted authors of three papers featured in our recent ITEST special issue published in the Journal of Science Education and Technology (JOST).
The special issue, “Stories from ITEST: Inspiring Young People to Pursue STEM Careers,” offers research-based insights into the knowledge generated by a decade of ITEST-funded work in STEM career development. The 15 ITEST projects included in the special issue illustrate how the ITEST program has enabled creativity, experimentation, and cultural responsiveness in STEM education and workforce development and broadened participation in STEM initiatives, including youth from Native American communities, urban communities, and girls. Collectively, these articles contribute to the development of frameworks for STEM education and workforce development that are increasingly relevant for educators, project designers, researchers, and policy makers.
During this webinar an overview of the special issue was provided, and presentations were made by three of the authors. Sheron Mark related how youth descriptions of their work narratives changed, Sally Stevens described a culturally relevant science program with Native American students, and Melissa Koch described her work with women facilitators in her project. Several additional authors joined the webinar and participated in a lively and informative discussion in the chat.
Carrie Parker, issue editor and author of Innovations and Challenges in Project-Based STEM Education: Lessons from ITEST
Sheron Mark, author of Psychology of Working Narratives of STEM Career Exploration for Non-dominant Youth
Sally Stevens, author of Motivating Young Native American Students to Pursue STEM Learning Through a Culturally Relevant Science Program
Melissa Koch, author of Curricular Influences on Female Afterschool Facilitators’ Computer Science Interests and Career Choices
An article included in this special issue, "Workforce Education Models for K-12 STEM Education Programs: Reflections on, and Implications for, the NSF ITEST Program," was featured in a previous webinar, with presentations from authors David Reider, Kirk Knestis, Joyce Malyn-Smith.
A recording of the event appears below, presentation materials can be viewed here.