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ETSU professor co-authors book on STEM in preschool classrooms

ETSU University Relations • Jul 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM

JOHNSON CITY – Dr. Alissa Lange from East Tennessee State University is co-author of the new book, “Teaching STEM in the Preschool Classroom: Exploring Big Ideas with 3- to 5-Year-Olds,” published by Teachers College Press.

She is an associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education in the Clemmer College.

According to Lange, the book is geared toward preschool teachers and focuses on providing meaningful and engaging STEM learning experiences within the preschool setting.

“We want to bring STEM to life with young children, and our goal with the book is to help teachers gain new skills and confidence around ways to engage preschoolers in scientific inquiry, technological explorations, engineering challenges and math experiences,” said Lange, who wrote the book along with Kimberly Brenneman at the Heising-Simons Foundation and Hagit Mano at ETSU. “There is a strong focus on what current research says about STEM learning.”

In the forward for the book, Betty Zan of the University of Northern Iowa writes, “I have read a lot of really good early childhood science education books over the years, and as far as I am concerned, this is the best one yet.”

“The authors show that the important ideas of STEM are within every teacher’s and child’s grasp,” said Douglas Clements from the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education. “This is a valuable resource for everyone who works with young children.”

This is Lange’s first book. Prior to joining the ETSU faculty, she served as an assistant research professor at Rutgers University.

She is currently completing a four-year research study related to professional learning for educators around STEM in early childhood education funded by the National Science Foundation and is also leading a study in the Northeast Tennessee region focusing on engaging children who are dual language learners in STEM in public libraries. She recently started the Early Childhood STEM Lab as a hub for her early childhood STEM projects.

Learn more about the lab online at www.ecstemlab.com.

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