More than coding: Positioning STEM education in practice

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

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3137
Book TitleSTEM Education in Primary Classrooms: Unravelling Contemporary Approaches in Australia and New Zealand
AuthorsFitzgerald, Angela (Author), Haeusler, Carole (Author) and Pfeiffer, Linda (Author)
EditorsFitzgerald, Angela, Haeusler, Carole and Pfeiffer, Linda
Page Range1-11
Chapter Number1
Number of Pages11
Year2020
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationAbingdon, United Kingdom
ISBN9780367229368
9780429277689
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429277689-1
Web Address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429277689/chapters/10.4324/9780429277689-1
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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.

Keywordslearning and teaching; classroom activities; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390113. Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
390304. Primary education
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Education
Central Queensland University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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