How Constructivism Can Boost Success in STEM Fields for Women and Students of Color

  • Oscar E. Fernandez


National Science Foundation statistics document a stark gap in degree attainment in most STEM fields for women and students of color. This chapter summarizes research on learning, academic achievement, and persistence to help understand the origin of this gap. Discussion focuses on the central role that constructivist teaching and learning environments play in boosting success for women and students of color in STEM. Practical tweaks and tips are presented to encourage educators to incorporate this pedagogy to improve learning and achievement for all students.


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  • Oscar E. Fernandez
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsWellesley CollegeWellesleyUSA

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