Category: International Education Research

What Did They Learn? Global STEM Education for Classroom Teachers

Wednesday, May 31
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
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This poster presents a STEM field study in Italy which provides classroom teachers with knowledge and experiences on culture and socio-scientific issues, helping them to inform their teaching of STEM with global perspectives.

Augusto Z. Macalalag

Assistant Professor of STEM Education
Arcadia University The College of Global Studies
Glenside, PA

Dr. Augusto Macalalag, Jr., Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education, teaches undergraduate and graduate science methods courses for pre-service and in-service teachers. He is the Director of Secondary School Teaching Certification Programs that prepare pre-service teachers to teach General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Social Studies, English, and Art Education. In 2014, Dr. Macalalag conceptualized and developed the STEM Education Graduate Certificate Program for in-service elementary and middle school teachers. The certificate program’s goal is to foster teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge in planning, implementing and assessing instructions that incorporate science and engineering practices based on the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education. The STEM certificate program has five courses (15 credits) that include an environmental education preview to Sicily, Italy.

Dr. Macalalag, who is the former Assistant Director of STEM Education at Stevens Institute of Technology’s Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE), has an interest in different aspects of reform-based science teacher education. His research focuses on programs that promote science and engineering practices in elementary and middle school classrooms. In addition to teaching, through classroom support visits, Dr. Macalalag helps teachers plan and implement lessons, assess and analyze student thinking, integrate technology, and reflect in their instruction. His dissertation examined the changes in pre-service science teachers’ knowledge of inquiry and practices of lesson design in four methods courses in biological sciences.

He holds teaching certificates in elementary, middle and high school and school administrator certificates. Dr. Macalalag received his Ed.D. in Science from Rutgers University, and an M.A. in Education and a B.S. in Chemistry from St. Peter’s University. He also holds an Educational Leadership Certificate from the College of New Jersey.