STEM Education: A New Journey to Excellence, Equity and Innovation in Education

  • Lynn Liao Hodge University of Tennessee
  • Mehmet Aydeniz University of Tennessee


Innovation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) plays an important role in creating new economies, increasing competition in the global market, and improving the quality of life. Rec- ognizing the importance of STEM in nation’s economic development, political leadership, and protecting the environment, many developing and developed countries have been investing in efforts to improve both the quality of STEM education and access to quality STEM education. Several reports published in the last two decades across these countries have conveyed the public concern that 1) our schools fail to prepare students for the changing demands of the emerging economy: many workers lack the essential STEM knowledge and skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills, 2) the achievement gaps between subgroups of students continue to persist, 3) schools fail to graduate sufficient number of STEM majors in developed countries and 4) that STEM curriculum must become relevant to students’ everyday lives.

How to Cite
Hodge, L. L., & Aydeniz, M. (2015). STEM Education: A New Journey to Excellence, Equity and Innovation in Education. Journal of Research in STEM Education, 1(1), 1-4. Retrieved from