STEM education for sustainable development : a sociotechnical analysis

Sahama, Tony R. & Bandara, Deepthi (2014) STEM education for sustainable development : a sociotechnical analysis. 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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It is debated that for sustainable STEM education and knowledge investment, human centered learning design approach is critical and important. Sustainability in this context is enduring maintenance of technological trajectories for productive economical and social interactions by demonstrating life critical scenarios through life critical system development and life experiences. Technology influences way of life and the learning and teaching process. Social software application development is more than learning of how to program a software application and extracting information from the Internet. Hence, our research challenge is, how do we attract learners to STEM social software application development?

Our realisation processes begin with comparing Science and Technology education in developed (e.g., Australia) and developing (e.g., Sri Lanka) countries with distinction on final year undergraduates’ industry ready training programmes. Principal components analysis was performed to separate patterns of important factors. To measure behavioural intention of perceived usefulness and attitudes of the training, the measurement model was analysed to test its validity and reliability using partial least square (PLS) analysis of structural equation modelling (SEM).

Our observation is that the relationship is more complex than we argue for. Our initial conclusions were that life critical system development and life experience trajectories as determinant factors while technological influences were unavoidable. A further investigation should involve correlations between human centered learning design approach and economical development in the long run.

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ID Code: 72286
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Knowledge investment, Human Centered-Learning, Life Critical Scenarios, Technological Trajectories, Economical Development, STEM, Human Centered-Learning, Life Critical Scenarios, Technological Trajectories, Economical Development, 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 23:01
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2014 11:04

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