STEM for Inclusive Excellence and Equity

Clements, D. H., Vinh, M., Lim, C-I., & Sarama, J.

From the abstract: "Educators declare their commitment to high-quality education for all children. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) has been increasingly included as critical topics, even for young children. However, there are exceptions, especially the provision of developmentally appropriate STEM experiences to children with disabilities (CWD). In this article, we review evidence concerning this equity gap, including the importance of STEM education to CWD. We find that the early years provide an exceptional opportunity to introduce STEM, but that this potential is often left unrealized, especially for young vulnerable children, who live in poverty, are members of linguistic and ethnic minority groups, or are CWD (some with particular disabilities in STEM domains). Research also indicates the success of some educational approaches."

Citation: Clements, D. H., Vinh, M., Lim, C-I., & Sarama, J. (2020). STEM for inclusive excellence and equity. Early Education and Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/10409289.2020.1755776
DOI: 10.1080/10409289.2020.1755776