Informal Spaces for STEM Learning and Teaching: STEM clubs

Fitzgerald, Angela and Leach, Tania ORCID: and Davis, Kate and Martin, Neil ORCID: and Dunlop, Shelley (2020) Informal Spaces for STEM Learning and Teaching: STEM clubs. In: STEM Education in Primary Classrooms: Unravelling Contemporary Approaches in Australia and New Zealand. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, United Kingdom, pp. 168-187. ISBN 9780367229368

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This chapter presents a series of case studies exploring what science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) clubs look like and developing an understanding of the possibilities and challenges inherent in this informal approach to STEM education. It shows how do STEM clubs support STEM learning and teaching? The chapter describes programmed settings that enabled participants to engage with a programme of STEM-focused learning activities or events over a sustained period of time. In 2018, researchers from the University of Southern Queensland, working with Inspiring Australia Queensland, hosted by Queensland Museum, and STEM clubs across Queensland developed a framework for making sense of what quality or effective learning and teaching might look like in STEM clubs. In creating space for passionate learning, STEM clubs are again responding to their broader context by carving out space for students to pursue interests, deeply engage with STEM and participate in informal learning, even when the broader organisational context is one built around formal learning.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Academic Division - Office for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (1 Jan 2018 - 13 Apr 2021)
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2020 04:51
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2021 22:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning and teaching; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) clubs
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390399 Education systems not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
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