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The world of adolescence and the world of STEM : are they irrevocably separated?

Watters, James J. & Diezmann, Carmel M. (2011) The world of adolescence and the world of STEM : are they irrevocably separated? In Proceedings of the 1st International Conference of STEM in Education 2010, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD.

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Abstract

Adolescents are indeed bothered by the complexities of the present and future and are concerned with making sense out of the multiple demands of parents, teachers, and peers while trying to develop identities as autonomous individuals. In this confused world, contemporary school science does not fit their view of desirable world as evident in the findings of the ROSE study. However, there are bright spots where teachers, community, parents and youth do engage with STEM. This paper will report on initiatives drawn from a decade of research in schools that have attempted to reconcile the interests of youth and the contemporary world of science. The aim is to identify those factors that do stimulate student interest. These case studies were conducted generally using both qualitative and quantitative data and findings analysed in terms of program outcomes and student engagement. The key finding is that the formation of relationships and partnerships in which students have high degree of autonomy and sense of responsibility is paramount to positive dispositions towards STEM. The findings raise some hope that innovative schools and partnerships can foster innovation and connect youth with the real world.

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ID Code: 48476
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: innovative schools, leadership in STEM, contemporary youth, Science education, Technology education, Engineering education, Mathematics education, industry-school partnerships
ISBN: 9780646558127
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 07 Feb 2012 08:58
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2012 08:58

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