Objectives and Goals
MST Program Objectives
- To enhance the development of dynamic learning communities comprised of university faculty, MST students, and students of MST students.
- To provide current, applicable Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) content to MST students, consistent with principles of effective practice in facilitating adult learning including the promotion of collaborative spirit among NMT faculty, students, and STEM professionals; the respect of students' uniqueness and separateness; provision of opportunities for the systemic and altering process of exploration and investigation, i.e. reflection on action, more exploration and investigation, more reflection on action; and last, the encouragement of self-directed learning that considers alternate ways of thinking, learning, and assessment.
- To enhance classroom teaching and learning through the acquisition of in-depth STEM content knowledge and mastery of successful, effective pedagogical strategies and approaches.
- To enhance the development of the abilities of MST students to apply vertically integrated curriculum through utilization of national teaching and content standards and Advanced Placement, thus contributing to the development of the educational pipeline carrying students to STEM careers.
- To provide research opportunities for teacher-participants and their students in collaboration with university faculty.
- To provide distance learning opportunities via webcasting and frequent on-line interaction between university faculty, teacher-participants, and their students.
Goals of the MST Program
- Encourage MST students to incorporate MST experiences into curriculum development.
- Provide access to innovative and current classroom, laboratory, and field experiences in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.
- Provide examples of applications of the subject matter to industrial, technological, and environmental problems of the real world.