Innovation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) play an essential role in creating new economies, increasing competition in the global market, and improving the quality of life. Given the importance of STEM in our lives, nation’s economies and the environment we live in, there has been an increasing emphasis on teaching STEM under the umbrella of STEM in recent years. STEM stands for the blended and problem-based learning environment that integrates all four subjects in an interdisciplinary fashion.
While the idea of STEM is relatively new, STEM programs are flourishing in schools in every corner of the world. The rapid adoption of the STEM idea calls for new understandings about how to reframe the curriculum?, how do teachers develop knowledge/expertise to implement the interdisciplinary curriculum?, and how do students most effectively learn in a blended and interdisciplinary learning environment?. The adoption and implementation of STEM programs also bring new responsibilities for STEM education research community. We should develop new research approaches to understand student learning and teacher practice in these new contexts. We should also establish new interdisciplinary communities to discuss issues and opportunities associated with adoption and implementation of STEM education programs. We must also establish publication venues for these discussions. As a response to this emerging need, we established The Journal of Research in STEM Education (J-STEM).
J-STEM is an international peer-reviewed open access journal. It publishes and communicates original research findings to inform researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in an effort to improve the quality and accessibility of STEM education. J-STEM assigns highest priority to reviewing original manuscripts that use rigorous quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods studies on topics related to STEM education in educational settings. Such contexts may include K-12, higher education, and informal education contexts such as museums. We also welcome analytical papers that evaluate important research issues related to any field of STEM education.