At the American Education Research Association annual meeting, Jung Colen of the Developmental Studies Department, with Andrea McCloskey (Pennsylvania State University), presented "Is STEM Education a Thing? The Integration of Mathematics with Other Subjects in Teacher Journals," a research study on integration of mathematics with science and social studies.
Colen and McCloskey presented a study in which they analyzed 140 articles relating to the "subject integration" activities and research from 10 years of three peer-reviewed journals written for practicing elementary teachers: Teaching Children Mathematics, Science and Children, and Social Studies and the Young Learner. They related the findings to the existing and recommended understandings of subject integration.
They also compared the findings with larger discourses about STEM education—its importance and its prevalence, and the role that the genre of journal articles written for teachers and endorsed by professional education organizations play in STEM education discourses.