The Movement Of Stem Education

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Through philosophical foundations there emerges certain philosophies of education. Those philosophies of education can then be directly linked to issues/ problems in education today. This paper will take a detailed look at pragmatism and its link to progressivism. Then, an examination of how those principles have shaped the movement of STEM education will provide a complete overview of these early century physiological foundations to modern day education issues. There are principles and thinking within all three topics that overlap. In order to take a detailed look at this subject matter, multiple sources were used to gain insight and develop meaningful connections. These foundational theories are covered with language that is associated with philosophy. Interpretation of these findings and theories, are just that, interpretations. Suggestions will be provided for improvement of current STEM education practices to provide alternative approaches to improve learning in the modern classroom. First, a deeper look and analysis into pragmatism is necessary to identify its relationship to progressivism. The term pragmatism was first used by William James in 1898. He gave credit to his friend C.S Peirce for using the term almost three decades earlier. Later, probably most famously, John Dewey began association with the term and wrote on his theories, which became extremely popular (McDermid, n.d). Dewey has strong connections to both pragmatism and progressivism. His theories and
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