Teachers and Teaching in STEM Education

A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102). This special issue belongs to the section "STEM Education".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 June 2024 | Viewed by 208

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616, Singapore
Interests: STEM education; cultural sociology; gender studies; lower track learners; social equity; sociocultural studies

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Guest Editor
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616, Singapore
Interests: classroom interactions; emotions in science learning; inquiry-based learning; science teacher professional development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education refers to the cross disciplinarity of two of more of the domains in terms of knowledge, practices, and/or dispositions with the goal to imbue diverse 21st century core competences. While STEM education in integrated forms has gained momentum across the world, many questions for the scholarly community remain unanswered. Who is a STEM teacher? How is a STEM teacher different from non-STEM teachers? How does one become a STEM teacher? How can teacher educators prepare STEM teachers? How are STEM lessons different from other lessons? A scholarly approach to researching these issues may be described as an epistemic turn in the field of teacher and teaching education research. A direct import of learnings from outside of STEM education may or may not adequately serve this purpose if we see STEM as a new or transformed creature with its own set of understandings about teaching and learning. We underscore the importance of applying an intellectually situated lens, to examine questions about teachers and teaching that have been addressed for more than five decades to STEM education. This Special Issue, focusing on the teaching and teachers of STEM education, encourages studies that unpack these deep-seated interests with integrated forms of STEM education in mind.

This Special Issue includes (and is not limited to):

  • Literature reviews, empirical studies, and theoretical papers;
  • Qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods studies; Topics related to theme in K12 settings (e.g., preschool, elementary schools, middle schools, higher education, post-formal schooling years, formal learning contexts, informal learning contexts) and beyond.

Examples of topics are:

  • Effective approaches or strategies (e.g., constructivist, pragmatic, or transformative) in STEM teaching;
  • Critical perspectives in examining tensions experienced by teachers designing and enacting STEM curriculum;
  • Examining the making of a STEM educator from an identity lens;
  • International collaborations between STEM educators (e.g., teacher educators, teachers, and school leaders) in STEM capacity building programmes;
  • Impact between constructs such as STEM teacher beliefs, attitudes toward STEM, and experiences in STEM teacher on student learning outcomes;
  • A review of studies about STEM teachers and teaching.

Dr. Tang Wee Teo
Dr. Aik-Ling Tan
Guest Editors

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  • STEM education
  • cultural sociology
  • gender studies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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