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To Motivate STEM Students, Ask Them Better Questions

MIT Professor Richard Larson published a piece today in RealClear Education that explores how to frame math questions to engage students effectively and prepare them for real-world challenges. Presenting some of the findings from a 2016 research report from the Toronto District School Board, Larson explains:

Once a student graduates from formal schooling, she or he will likely work at a job requiring STEM skills. Each day will present new challenges. Rarely if ever will the next day’s challenge be fitted to the pattern found in chapter 3.2 of some textbook. The young professional will need skills to frame, formulate, and eventually solve that challenge. Read more.

Larson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a professor of Data, Systems, and Society at MIT. He is PI for the MIT Blossoms Open Educational Resources Project and a founder of LINC, an educational technology conference series held biannually on the MIT campus and at locations around the world. LINC 2018 will be held on the MIT campus June 18-20, 2018. Registration for the conference is now open.