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Title:The use of STEM programming to create global citizens
Author(s):Mack, Thura; Draper, Savanna
Subject(s):Education
Information literacy
Continuing education
Education programs/schools
Academic libraries
Curriculum
Information needs
Pedagogy
Abstract:A global citizen sees the world through a wide lens. This view is critical if teachers are to educate their students about their roles in a global society. Academic libraries can play a part in educating for global citizenship by facilitating STEM programs and conferences for educators. At the University of Tennessee, The Big Orange STEM Saturday for Educators (EduBOSS) provides an opportunity for teachers to participate with an experiential learning method which can serve as a model for their schools to use in helping students acquire a global thinking practice. The EduBOSS initiative creates a standard of practice and dialogue among various entities of STEM communities. This educational concept is creating a practice that puts a standard into place so students and teachers get consistent information and guidance about STEM college expectations and careers. Foundation of EduBOSS STEM programming fosters significant relationship building between academic libraries and K12 schools, area STEM businesses and organizations, and campus departments. EduBOSS, which can be replicated at other institutions, is proving to be a successful model that is sustained through strategic partnerships and is creating a community of practice that promotes STEM teaching and learning. Using Educators as a Tool Educators are vital in producing global citizens. Academic libraries are getting better at addressing this trend and working to provide programs that will aid educators. Educators are responsible for cultivating students’ experiences to see beyond their norm. The University of Tennessee’s EduBOSS program invites educators to an academic library setting to have conversations about their needs. We provide space for them to meet with experts and design customized learning experiences that they can transfer back to the classroom. This method is called inquiry-based instruction which expands on what educators already know about STEM topics. It is becoming a benchmark for emerging STEM literacy elements and practices. Creating Global Citizens Educators use the takeaways gained from the EduBOSS conference and implement them into their classrooms. This helps reinforce students’ engagement in STEM topics. Connecting students with these real-world experiences helps them recognize how they can fit into global communities. These new applications help to grow their interest and encourages them to seek more opportunities to learn about STEM in higher education.
Issue Date:2019-09-24
Series/Report:Education
Information literacy
Continuing education
Education programs/schools
Academic libraries
Curriculum
Information needs
Pedagogy
Genre:Conference Poster
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/105376
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-08-23


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