Title

Putting the “M” Back Into STEM: Considering How Units Coordination Relates to Computational Thinking

Document Type

Conference Paper

Journal/Book Title/Conference

42nd Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education

Publisher

North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education

Location

Mazatlán, Mexico

Publication Date

6-2-2021

Award Number

NSF, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) 1758823

Funder

NSF, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL)

First Page

2336

Last Page

2340

Abstract

This theoretical commentary examines theory driven discussions in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields and mathematics fields. Through this examination, the authors articulate particular parallels between spatial encoding strategy theory and units coordination theory. Finally, these parallel are considering pragmatically in the Elementary STEM Teaching Integrating Textiles and Computing Holistically (ESTITCH) curriculum where STEM and social studies topics are explored by elementary students. This commentary concludes with questions and particular directions our mathematics education field can progress when integrating mathematics in STEM fields.

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