Nathan Moon, associate director for research of the Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP) in the Ivan Allen College School of Pubic Policy presented to the Board on Science Education (BOSE) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on June 6, 2017. The presentation was part of the Board's 27th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Moon discussed accessible and inclusive STEM education for students with disabilities. His presentation was based on his book, published in 2012, Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): Findings from Research and Practice for Middle Grades through University Education, that was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The book is a survey of the research on current classroom accommodations and assistive technologies that support teachers in scientific and technical coursework from middle school to college. The book presents promising practices for accommodating students with disabilities in STEM, including mathematics, laboratory sciences, and engineering. It also discusses specific disabilities, such as blindness and low vision, mobility and dexterity impairments, and learning and developmental disabilities, as well as how educators can address relevant STEM learning needs.
Moon's expertise includes areas of universal design learning (UDL) and assistive technology. He will present to BOSE on the gaps and promising practices and research that currently exist in higher education. He will be a part of a small panel of experts tapped to provide in-depth knowledge to the Board as they seek to address the unmet needs within STEM education for all students.