Perspectives Fall 2019

This is the website for students in STEM-Ed 220. Our syllabus for the course can be found here.  Below are links to information you will need for each week; it will be populated with more information throughout the semester. To view the links (most of which are stored on Google Drive) and to submit the homework you will need to be logged in to your Boise State account. Typically we will have a longer reading on the weekends, along with a written assignment, and a shorter homework assigned on Monday nights. Most of our readings we will do collaboratively in Perusall (if not, I will link the reading below). You should create an account on Perusall and add: ATKINS-ELLIOTT-24LEC as your access code for this course.

Module 1: The Demarcation Problem
What is our question? Why does it matter? How will we make progress?

Day Reading to do tonight Homework due before next class Other information
August 26 On BS (in Perusall) August 26
August 28 The Impact of Beliefs August 28 I’m out of town today – no class meeting. 

Module 2: The Demarcation Problem in Science
What is science? – How educators answer

Day Reading to do tonight Homework due before next class Other information
September 4 Umbrellaology September 4 lecture slides
September 9 Seeing the Science September 9 lecture slides
September 11 Problematizing September 11
September 16 – catch up day – none email me if you have completed assignments late

Module 3: The Demarcation Problem in Math
What is math? – How educators answer

Day Reading to do tonight Homework due before next class Other information
September 18 Mathematical Horizon September 18
September 23 in-class form

in class – no need to read ahead of time: Literacy in Three Metaphors

September 25 Politics of Math

also (no need to read) this.

September 25
September 30 “last word” discussion in class today
October 2 2 options: Why We Stink at Math OR Good teaching, bad results October 2 also worth reading

Module 4: The Demarcation Problem in Engineering
What is engineering? What is engineering knowledge?

Day Reading to do tonight Homework due before next class Other information
October 7 lecture slides
October 9 Choose 2:Read Tim Brown’s Design Thinking and one other October 9
October 14 none guests in class
October 16 none:  see HW → October 16

Module 5: Is STEM Racist? Sexist?
How do we answer “what is science” or “what is math” in equitable ways? Can we?

Day Reading to do tonight Homework due before next class Other information
October 21 none none in class: discuss findings (hw)
why it matters  similar article  another
October 23 choose one October 23
(reading done this weekend)
in class activity

do women who want to be engineers have more difficulty? (yes – after graduating)

October 28 none research briefs
October 30 October 23 (30)
research brief done this weekend – be ready to present!
research briefs
periscope lesson
Leona (fyi)
November 4 research brief presentations
November 6 November 6th research brief presentations

Module 6: Putting it together: Critiquing curriculum
What does curriculum look like that tries to engage students in equitable STEM? How well does it do?

Day Reading to do tonight Homework due before next class Other information
November 11 stop motion animation flipgrid
November 13 November 13 (Task1)* don’t do early I might change this
November 18 biology week
November 20 Darwin’s Finches Nov 13 (Task 2)

Creating a lesson

Day Reading to do tonight Homework due before next class Other information
THANKSGIVING! THANKSGIVING! THANKSGIVING! THANKSGIVING!
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FINAL PROJECT INFORMATION.

If you’d like to schedule a time to meet with me, please use this link.