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EDU8131 Foundations of STEM Education

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 23 May 2022


In recent years there has been a global recognition that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education should be emphasised in schools. There has also been a global recognition of the importance of the skills and experiences with STEM subjects for later academic and real-life success. In Australia, there is general agreement about the importance of STEM education and the need for a workforce with STEM skills to drive economic prosperity of the country. However, there is a gap to produce graduates in this area who can support learners in the area of STEM subjects in schools. This course recognises the importance of having such graduates who can support and engage learners in schools to develop strategies, abilities and skills in the area of STEM education. It is imperative that such graduates have practical, and sound knowledge of key concepts and contemporary issues underpinning STEM education in school contexts. Graduates having a clear understanding of curriculum documents and policies at national and global levels will be capable of positively impacting practices of STEM education in schools. Graduates with such knowledge and skills can support learners in schools to be inspired by STEM education and late influence to take on more challenging STEM subjects.

This is the first foundation course in a suite of four that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for a graduate certificate of STEM education. This course is focused on the foundations of STEM education in school context. Throughout the course, participants will be given an opportunity to explore the fundamental concepts, contemporary issues underpinning STEM education and curriculum documents and policies at national and global levels to understand the impact of place and context on STEM practices. Participants, in this course, will also be engaged in seminal and contemporary research findings to position the theoretical, conceptual and profession-based debates in STEM education. Participants will be required to demonstrate their skill of exploring the concepts of STEM education and design STEM projects. In this course, an approach to teaching that is based on thinking strategies and the application of practical skills for engaging learners in STEM education rather than rote procedures will be emphasised.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 23 May 2022