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EDU8231 STEM Pedagogies

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: STEM Pedagogies
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 070301 - Curriculum Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Chris Dann


Pre-requisite: EDU8131


STEM education is central to student achievement of skills and knowledge for creatively approaching their changing communities and environment. The environmental and technical challenges of the positioning the delivery of STEM programs that are evidence based and pedagogically driven are imposing pressures on schools and educational systems internationally. Leaders in schools and environments that wish to promote the learning of skills, knowledge and processes that allow for learner collaboration and engagement across STEM subjects will require new pedagogical approaches. The new pedagogical approaches are required to meet the demands of society and of the technologies that are permeating our society. These pedagogies are required by existing teachers and new teachers as they implement the suite of STEM curriculum according to the Australian teaching standards. The development of a theoretical understanding of pedagogical approaches and the implications of such pedagogies will be critical to the ongoing sustainability of a STEM program within an educational context.


This course will enable participants to examine research that underpins contemporary and future pedagogies and practices in STEM. Participants will be required to reflect on personal practice and align this to their emerging theoretical knowledge of professional practices required to implement STEM within their environment. They will build knowledge of 21 Century skills, knowledge and practices and explore effective pedagogical approaches using critical theory and activity theory as the lens for examination of theoretical perspectives on STEM pedagogy. Participants will be required to apply their research skills to design, implement and evaluate pedagogies that will contribute to their effective professional practice in the delivery of STEM in their environment.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. evaluate research underpinning quality in relation to teacher pedagogies and practices in STEM education;
  2. use reflective techniques to frame ethically sound theoretical knowledge, identify effective pedagogical approaches to STEM education that will inform professional practice in STEM education;
  3. identify, synthesise and theorise the role of STEM education in enhancing 21C learning skills and the practices that meaningfully engage interpersonal skills to support their skill development;
  4. apply technical, practical, and advanced problem solving techniques and research skills to design, implement and evaluate developments that contribute to effective and sustainable professional practices in STEM education through written and oral communication.


Description Weighting(%)
1. 21st Century Pedagogies 15.00
2. Pedagogical implications of STEM assessment within the curriculum 10.00
3. Integration of Pedagogical Approaches across STEM 15.00
4. Building Student agency and Autonomy including ATSI and diversity 10.00
5. Theoretical views of pedagogy in STEM 35.00
6. Integration of Pedagogical Approaches across STEM curriculum 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Collaborative Practice 28.00
Independent Study 80.00
Lectures 6.00
Workshops 6.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 60 60 21 Apr 2021 1,2,3,4
ASSIGNMENT 2 40 40 25 May 2021 1,2,3,4

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the marks available for that assessment item.
    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Date printed 18 June 2021