Keynote: The age of STEM: Science, technology, engineering and mathematics policy and practice globally
Source TitleSymposium on STEM Education in Asia and the US
University of Melbourne Author/sFreeman, Brigid
AffiliationOffice of The Vice-Chancellor
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsFreeman, B. (2014). Keynote: The age of STEM: Science, technology, engineering and mathematics policy and practice globally. Symposium on STEM Education in Asia and the US, IU Global.
Access StatusOpen Access
Globally, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research and development (R&D), and innovation are considered critically important for national productivity, economic competitiveness and societal wellbeing. This paper explores the findings of the STEM: Country Comparisons project that considered STEM in East Asia, the Anglo-sphere, Western Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The research revealed a global turn to STEM, and this paper discusses trends and parallels regarding government STEM policy and structural responses, school and tertiary level STEM education participation, comparative performance through PISA and TIMSS assessments lenses, STEM R&D, and issues concerning gender and under-represented groups including Indigenous peoples. The paper discusses programs and solutions including curriculum and pedagogy reform, teaching-related initiatives, and strategies to redress current systemic disparities.
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