STEM-Alliance Seminar: Promoting Equity in STEM Education


Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 9:10am


3540 Engineering Building

Dr. Stephanie Farrell from Rowan University will be presenting at a STEM-Alliance Seminar on April 19. See the details below.

Title: Spatial Skills Training to Promote Access and Equity in STEM Education

Abstract: Spatial skills are strongly linked with academic and professional success in STEM fields. The development of spatial skills is influenced by a variety of academic and nonacademic experiences throughout childhood and into adulthood, and spatial ability varies significantly across race, gender, socioeconomic status, and culture – disadvantaging groups that are already underrepresented in STEM fields. Spatial skills can be developed relatively quickly even in adults, and training to increase the spatial ability of engineering students increases the retention and achievement of students who enter engineering programs with poor spatial skills. Therefore, training to improve spatial skills has important implications for increasing diversity and participation of underrepresented groups in engineering. This talk will explore the importance of spatial skills training in engineering/technology education with a particular focus on diversity and describe effective, efficient approaches to integrating spatial skills into an already dense curriculum.

Bio: Dr. Stephanie Farrell is Professor and Founding Chair of Experiential Engineering Education at Rowan University (USA) and the 2017-18 PresidentElect of the American Society for Engineering Education. Dr. Farrell has been recognized nationally and internationally for contributions to engineering education through her work in experiential learning and promoting diversity and inclusion. Stephanie was the 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar in Engineering Education at Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland). She was awarded Honoris Causa in Engineering Education from the Internationale Gesellschaft für Inginieurpädagogik (IGIP). She has been honored by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) with several teaching awards such as the National Outstanding Teaching Medal and the Quinn Award for experiential learning. Her research interests include inductive teaching methods, inclusive pedagogy and curriculum, and the development of spatial visualization skills.