Chapter 10. Facilitating STEM education through interdisciplinarity
There is increasing pressure for STEM education to reform in the direction of student-centered learning approaches, active learning, interdisciplinarity, and data-driven evaluations and assessments of student learning. These requirements derive from the need for STEM education to facilitate economic development, national health, technological innovation, and appropriate demographic representation. These contingencies create the need and opportunity for the integration of applied linguistic expertise within STEM education. In this chapter, a senior project officer from a major funding institution, a leading scientist, and a seasoned applied linguist discuss and exemplify the role and conditions in which applied linguistics can facilitate different aspects of STEM education. The Phage Hunting Integrating Research and Education (PHIRE) program is presented as an example of a collaboration that constructed shared, interdisciplinary education projects designed to enhance the program’s pedagogical mission.