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September 19th 2016:Engineering Enhanced Liberal Education: An Interview with Sheila Tobias

In this episode, host Dave Goldberg welcomes Sheila Tobias, author of countless books and publications relating to the field of STEM education dating back to the 1970s, including 'Overcoming Math Anxiety', 'They're not Dumb, They're Different', 'Breaking the Science Barrier', and 'Rethinking Science as a Career'. Join Sheila and Dave to explore how the field of STEM education has shifted over the course of Sheila's career, delve into confronting STEM anxiety, and explore how applying engineering principles to liberal arts education can help shape how both disciplines are taught and learned.

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Sheila Tobias

Sheila Tobias has made a science and an art of being a curriculum outsider. She was trained at Harvard and Columbia Universities not in STEM but in history and politics to become what she calls a “scholar activist.” The author of 14 books, six of them having to do with opportunities and barriers for students in STEM, she is known for her pioneering work in “math anxiety” (which she named) and for identifying overlooked science students who, “are not dumb, but different.” She was supported in the 1990s for 7 years by Research Corporation of Southern Arizona to examine the impact of first year “weed-out” courses at the college and university levels, and for 13 years by the Alfred P. Sloan F
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