Special Issue "Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Learning in Schools"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2022) | Viewed by 1324
Interests: interdisciplinary STEM; student reasoning; classroom research; teacher professional learning
Interests: STEM education; inquiry-based teaching; international comparison in science education
In a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world facing significant challenges, such as climate change, traditional approaches to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) are becoming insufficient to develop learner knowledge, skills and dispositions for the future. An appreciation and understanding of the world as a series of interlocked complex systems is critical, both for individuals and communities (English, 2008). Teaching STEM in a more connected manner, especially in the context of real-world issues, can make STEM subjects more relevant to teachers and students (Honey et al., 2014), enhance student learning and engagement in disciplinary knowledge (Czerniak & Johnson, 2014), and facilitate their development of 21st century skills (Li, Schoenfeld, Graesser, Benson, English & Duschl, 2019).
Interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning in STEM have been increasingly advocated as alternatives to traditional approaches, whereby students learn concepts and skills from two or more disciplines that are tightly linked to enhance student knowledge in each of these areas (Vasquez, Sneider, and Corner, 2013). However, empirical studies that demonstrate the benefits and challenges of such approaches are still emerging. Furthermore, examples of interdisciplinary curriculum and task designs, classroom practices, and assessments are urgently needed to provide guidance for researchers and teachers to bring this agenda to fruition. In this Special Issue, we welcome submissions of both conceptual and empirical research papers that shed light on the discussion of interdisciplinary approaches to STEM in schools.
We welcome submissions addressing topics including, but not limited to:
- Design of curriculum and tasks to enable student learning across disciplinary boundaries in STEM;
- Assessment of interdisciplinary learning;
- Teacher practices with interdisciplinary approaches;
- Theoretical and conceptual frameworks on how interdisciplinary learning can be facilitated;
- Innovative pedagogy for interdisciplinary STEM learning;
- STEM policy and curriculum to support interdisciplinary learning in schools;
- Teacher preparation for interdisciplinary STEM teaching;
- Learning environment that enables student interdisciplinary STEM learning.
Dr. Lihua Xu
Prof. Dr. Su-Chi Fang
Prof. Dr. Wanty Widjaja
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- STEM teaching and learning
- curriculum and assessment
- learning environment