STEM futures and practice, can we teach STEM in a more meaningful and integrated way?

Berry, Michael Richard, Chalmers, Christina, & Chandra, Vinesh (2012) STEM futures and practice, can we teach STEM in a more meaningful and integrated way? In Yu, Shengquan (Ed.) 2nd International STEM in Education Conference, 24-27 November 2012, Beijing, China.

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Abstract

Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects can be engaging for students, can promote problem-solving and critical thinking skills and can help build real-world connections. However, STEM has long been an area of some confusion for some educators. While they can see many of the conceptual links between the various domains of knowledge they often struggle to meaningfully integrate and simultaneously teach the content and methodologies of each these areas in a unified and effective way for their students. Essentially the question is;how can the content and processes of four disparate and yet integrated learning areas be taught at the same time? How can the integrity of each of the areas be maintained and yet be learnt in a way that is complementary?

Often institutional barriers exitin schools and universities to the integration of STEM. Organizationally, at a departmental and administrative level, the teaching staff may be co-located, but when it comes to classroom practice or the teaching and learning of these areas they are usually taught very separately. They are usually taught in different kinds of spaces, in different ways (using different pedagogical approaches) and at different times. But is this the best way for students to engage with the STEM areas of learning? How can we make learning more integrated, meaningful and engaging for the students?

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ID Code: 57318
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: STEM, integrated learning, curriculum design, problem solving, PBL
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2013 23:10
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2013 04:12

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