Environment: Re-negotiating the E in STEM Education

Eco-thinking

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Title Environment: Re-negotiating the E in STEM Education
 
Creator Blackley, Susan
Sheffield, Rachel
 
Description There is little debate that protecting eco-systems and sustaining the environment is important, critical even, now and in the future. From an educational perspective, there is an imperative to provide authentic, ecology-based learning experience for all students. In the Australian Curriculum, Environmental Sustainability is a cross-curricula priority. More specifically, there are also outcomes in the Australian Curriculum Science in the sub-strands, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Understanding (Biological sciences) that focus on the environment: caretaking, respect, and an awareness of the complex connectedness of biotic and abiotic factors. Seemingly Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education has concurrently risen as the new panacea to address economic and employment issues globally. This paper posits that STEM education could be re-imagined by addressing the E as “eco-thinking”, and that this could provide a more cogent and inclusive approach to addressing environmental issues. Integrated and authentic STEM education could not only provide a space to investigate environmental issues but also offer a frame to image and implement solutions or resolutions. In this paper we explore this notion and consider how STEM education could look as ST(Environment)M in elementary schools, either within classrooms or elsewhere in the school. 
 
Publisher Simon Fraser University
 
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Date 2016-11-23
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
application/pdf
 
Identifier http://www.eco-thinking.org/index.php/journal/article/view/16
 
Source Eco-thinking; Vol 1
1925-6752
1925-6736
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://www.eco-thinking.org/index.php/journal/article/view/16/28
http://www.eco-thinking.org/index.php/journal/article/view/16/24
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2016 Eco-thinking
 

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