More than coding: Positioning STEM education in practice

Fitzgerald, Angela and Haeusler, Carole and Pfeiffer, Linda (2020) More than coding: Positioning STEM education in practice. In: STEM Education in Primary Classrooms: Unravelling Contemporary Approaches in Australia and New Zealand. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, United Kingdom, pp. 1-11. ISBN 9780367229368

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Abstract

In order to prosper as a society, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education needs to be a focus for all stakeholders and at all levels. The acronym of STEM was itself coined by the National Science Foundation in the United States in the mid 1990s. The big ideas of science are both interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary and thus provide a conceptual basis for STEM initiatives in education and beyond. By choosing real-world scenarios and challenges as teaching contexts, STEM education is an exciting way of enhancing children’s natural curiosity in science and showing them the relevance of science to their future. There is a global policy push for space to be found to accommodate and integrate STEM learning and teaching into classroom activities. STEM education is certainly much more than the integration of digital technologies into practice. The chapter also presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2020 01:33
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2020 03:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning and teaching; classroom activities; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429277689-1
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39264

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