Synergy For Science Learning: An Interdisciplinary Partnership to Improve the Quality of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education

By Alan Zollman, Kathleen Kitts, Mansour Tahernezhadi and Penny Billman.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Synergy is the interaction of two or more elements to produce a combined impact greater than the sum of their separate effects. In this paper, synergy for science learning came from the amalgamation of separate, independent science education contributors. Synergy for science learning thus was created by three resulting elements: content and applications, designed by the College of Engineering and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; research-based pedagogy, developed by the Colleges of Education and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and dynamic classroom implementation, guided by action research and delivered by the partnership school districts.

Keywords: STEM Education, Interdisciplinary Degree, School-University Partnership

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.147-152. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.601MB).

Dr. Alan Zollman

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA

Dr. Alan Zollman is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA. He also is the President of the School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) which publishes the research journal, School Science and Mathematics. Prof. Zollman is a Past Vice-President for Publications of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning.

Kathleen Kitts

Associate Professor, Geology & Environmental Geosciences, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA

Dr. Kathleen Kitts is an Associate Professor of Cosmochemistry, Geochemistry, and Geoscience Education in the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA.

Mansour Tahernezhadi

Associate Dean, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA

Dr. Mansour Tahernezhadi, is a Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and is Associate Dean of the College of Engineering & Engineering Technologies at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA. His areas of expertise are in Digital Communications and Signal Processing.

Penny Billman

Research Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Social Sciences Research, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford, IL, USA

Dr. Penny Billman is a Research Assistant Professor in Health Policy and Social Sciences Research of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, IL USA.