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Establishing a Better Foundation for Learning

by Jill Barshay

The Hechinger Report

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The biggest hole in the STEM pipeline starts before kindergarten

There isn’t an easy fix to these science achievement gaps. Because the science gap seems to begin at such a young age, the researchers who detected it call for early exposure to the most basic scientific approaches, such as asking questions and making observations.

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Establishing a Better Foundation for Learning

It’s a troubling fact that, for some reason, minority students tend to lag behind their white classmates when it comes to science achievement. A new study shines some light on why, suggesting that the foundation for this type of learning should start much earlier—in kindergarten or before. Could you put science and technology concepts in front of students earlier in their educational journey?

As this study suggests, gaps in future achievement can begin developing very early. If you can find ways to engage students in STEM-related instruction at the kindergarten level, or earlier—perhaps even collaborating with pre-schools and others, there’s evidence that these efforts could pay off.