Transformation in educational practices through STEM

Sahama, Tony R. & Bandara, Deepthi (2014) Transformation in educational practices through STEM. In Nashon, Samson (Ed.) STEM Education and Our Planet : Making Connections Across Contexts, 12 - 15 July 2014, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Canada.

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Abstract

The need for strong science, technology and innovation linkages between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and industries is a pivotal point for middle-income countries in their endeavor to enhance human capital in socioeconomic development. Currently, the University-Industry partnerships are at an infant stage in Sri Lankan higher education context. Technological maturity and effective communication skills are contributing factors for an efficient graduate profile. Also, expanding internship programs in particular for STEM disciplines provide work experience to students that would strengthen the relevance of higher education programs.

This study reports historical overviews and current trends in STEM education in Sri Lanka. Emphasis will be drawn to recent technological and higher education curricular reforms.

Data from the last 10 years were extracted from the higher education sector and Ministry of Higher Education Policy portfolios. Associations and trend analysis of the sector growth were compared with STEM existence, merger and predicted augmentations.

Results were depicted and summarised based on STEM streams and disciplines. It was observed that the trend of STEM augmentation in the Sri Lankan Higher Education context is growing at a slow but steady pace. Further analysis with other sectors in particular, Industry information, would be useful and a worthwhile exercise.

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ID Code: 72285
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: University-Industry Partnership, Human capital development, sociotechnical, communication skills, Higher Education, STEM, HERN
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2014 23:08
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2014 17:49

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