STEM: Challenges and opportunities for mathematics education

English, Lyn D. (2015) STEM: Challenges and opportunities for mathematics education. In Beswick, Kim, Muir, Tracey, & Wells, Jill (Eds.) Proceedings of the 39th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, PME, Hobart, Tas, pp. 4-18.


Climbing Mountains, Building Bridges is a rich theme for exploring some of the “challenges, obstacles, links, and connections” facing mathematics education within the current STEM climate (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). This paper first considers some of the issues and debates surrounding the nature of STEM education, including perspectives on its interdisciplinary nature. It is next argued that mathematics is in danger of being overshadowed, in particular by science, in the global urgency to advance STEM competencies in schools and the workforce. Some suggestions are offered for lifting the profile of mathematics education within an integrated STEM context, with examples drawn from modelling with data in the sixth grade.

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ID Code: 87506
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: STEM education, Modelling with data, Engineering education, Mathematics education, STEM integration
ISBN: 9781862958296
ISSN: 0771-100x
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 > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2015 23:08
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2015 01:45

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