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STEM and Education for Sustainability: Finding common ground for a thriveable future


Smith, C and Watson, J, STEM and Education for Sustainability: Finding common ground for a thriveable future, Proceedings of the 2016 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, 27 November - 1 December 2016, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pp. 1-11. ISSN 1324-9320 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Set within the complex discourse about the nationís need for more advancement and collaboration in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), as well as ensuring a sustainable, flourishing future for the environment, this paper considers the implications for STEM Education and Education for Sustainability (EfS). It is education, reflected in curricula and in the classroom, which will influence the next generation of leaders in the country, who in turn will make decisions in relation to STEM and how it can be used to ensure a sustainable society. This position paper presents a summary of the literature surrounding the two areas and the resulting perceived conflict, first presenting the STEM perspective, and second the critique from the EfS perspective. This is followed by a consideration of how EfS and STEM Education can be integrated in authentic and meaningful ways. Examples of learning activities that have been implemented are provide and guidelines are suggested for future initiatives.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:STEM Education for Sustainability curriculum issues
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Smith, C (Dr Caroline Smith)
UTAS Author:Watson, J (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:114319
Year Published:2016
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP150100120)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-02-10
Last Modified:2018-03-27
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