Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Advances in Research in STEM Education

Donna Farland-Smith

The Ohio State University

Donna Farland-Smith received her Ed.D in Science and Mathematics Education from the University of Massachusetts and has since authored numerous books, journal articles, and book chapters on the topic of early childhood education.


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Along with focusing on STEM education itself, this project also hopes to explore the subject matter of STEM identity and successful participation in STEM fields by underrepresented students. It aims to include research that discusses the lack of resources in a home environment and how the STEM identity impacts one's decisions to persist in STEM careers. Some topics in regards to this would be science identity and its relationship to STEM identity, the growing interest in professional identity and its relationship to motivating and retaining students in STEM fields, current trends and the shortage of qualified individuals to fill STEM positions, self-efficacy and interest in pursuing college majors in STEM, the barriers to pursuing STEM careers, and the psychological factors that guide the decisions of those who do and do not persist in STEM fields. Through these and other topics, this project seeks to delve into a variety of formal and informal settings of STEM education throughout the world.

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Date completed: October 14th 2021

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Deadline for chapter proposals: November 11th 2021

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Deadline for full chapters: January 10th 2022

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Review results due: March 31st 2022

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Expected publication date: May 30th 2022

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Donna Farland-Smith

The Ohio State University

Donna Farland-Smith received her Ed.D in Science and Mathematics Education from the University of Massachusetts, MA, USA, in 2003. Her dissertation was titled "The Effect of HIstorical, Non-fiction, Trade Books on Third Grade Students’ Perceptions of Scientists". In 2012, she began her career at Ohio State University, School of Teaching and Learning, OH, USA, and she currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Science Education there. She has authored numerous books, journal articles, and book chapters on the topic of early childhood education.

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