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In early childhood education settings, the importance of integrating STEM education into existing curriculum is widely understood. The purpose of this continuing education course, developed using information from the International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, is to evaluate ways to develop math curriculum, frameworks, and activities based on STEM for early learners. Research findings pertaining to STEM are presented as well as guidelines for developing a math curriculum framework and lessons that support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Additionally, expert perspectives on this type of program are presented.
1. Summarize research pertaining to the prevalence and benefits of STEM in education, particularly for early learners.
2. Identify early learners’ knowledge of mathematics, appropriate math topics for these ages, suitable approaches to interest children, and appropriate learning goals.
3. Discuss curriculum development theories and how theory can be used to develop a math framework that can be put into place.
4. Describe specific activities and lesson plans that can demonstrate the mathematics curriculum framework for early childhood education based on STEM.
5. Summarize experts’ perspectives on the utility of the mathematics curriculum framework and STEM activities for early learners.
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