Putting the 'E' into STEM [Keynote speaker]

Bullen, Frank and Haeusler, Carole (2010) Putting the 'E' into STEM [Keynote speaker]. In: 1st Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education Conference (STEM 2010), 26-27 Nov 2010, Brisbane, Australia.

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The significance of STEM education in primary, secondary and tertiary education systems has become increasingly important over the last decade as the nation's future economic competitiveness will be largely dependent on the skills developed through STEM education. While STEM has been incorporated into Australia's school-based curriculum through recent initiatives such as the National Curriculum, the letter 'E' seems to have been misplaced. It would appear that policy makers, scientists and mathematicians simply assume that once students 'learn' the fundamentals of science and mathematics they will implicitly find their way into engineering. This, however, is not the case and those who have had no exposure to engineering have a low probability of entering an engineering related profession or even selecting the right prerequisite subjects. It makes great sense to include more 'E' in the school curriculum and apply mathematics and science to real-world problems that are solved through innovative engineering. This would greatly deepen students' understanding of the underpinning science and mathematics principles. This paper provides some recommendations and actions about putting the 'E' into STEM.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This was a keynote presentation.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 06:24
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2013 06:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: STEM; engineering; students; support; teachers
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390201 Education policy
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
40 ENGINEERING > 4099 Other engineering > 409999 Other engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23614

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